NEW CJ NOMINATED; PRESIDENT KENYATTA TO APPROVE OR REJECT.

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Court of Appeal Judge David Maraga who has been nominated to succeed Chief Justice Willy Mutunga.

BY SAM ALFAN.

Court of Appeal Judge David Maraga has be nominated to succeed Chief Justice Willy Mutunga.

Justice Maraga, 65, will take over from Willy Mutunga, who retired in June 2016 if his nomination is approved by President Uhuru Kenyatta and the National Assembly.

The Judicial Service Commission announced on Thursday that the CJ will assume office with immediate effect.

He was among 11 judges earlier shortlisted by the Judicial Service Commission.

During the interviews, judge Maraga found himself at pains to demonstrate his expertise in applying the law in conflicting suits.

Attorney General Prof Githu Muigai, one of the panelists, put him to task, seeking to know how he would pass judgment in suits where two or several laws were at conflict.

He used a case study of a surrogate mother who decided not to give a child to its separated biological parents, who were both seeking custody.

Judge Maraga admitted that the question was tricky but answered: “In this scenario, the child’s interest is paramount.”


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