I will be fair, firm Maraga tells critics

Oliver Musembi and Mathew Ndung’u @PeopleDailyKe

Chief Justice David Maraga has assured the country that the Judiciary will discharge its duties with integrity and honesty. Saying the position of CJ is not for the “faint-hearted”, Maraga promised to continue serving Kenyans with humility, impartiality and judicial integrity.

“It would not just be a travesty of justice, but a betrayal of the trust that the people of Kenya have bestowed on me if I were to decide any case on considerations other than the evidence presented before me,” he said during the opening of Being a Leader training workshop at Kenyatta University yesterday. The forum is attended by participants from 11 countries.

The CJ said some of the disputes presented before the courts recently were of “international importance which if not carefully and prayerfully handled” would have plunged the country into chaos.

“Leadership demands that the Chief Justice is one who is not faint-hearted, one who must be trusted by the citizenry and not one who preaches water and drinks wine,” he said. At the same time, Maraga took a swipe at corrupt leaders in public service whom he said are putting at peril the lives of hundreds of thousands of helpless citizens.

“It is common knowledge that corruption is endemic in Kenya and something we should be ashamed of. Public resources are being plundered by leaders without as much as a thought to the poor who are in dire need,” he said.

He urged institutions of higher learning to inculcate leadership skills by introducing programmes that embrace integrity and respect for others. “Ironically, the world has made mind-boggling advances in science and technology, but there exists a worldwide deficit and confidence gap in leadership capabilities,” Maraga said.

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