Kenya’s Chief Justice, David Maraga, 69, is set to officially retire on Friday 11 December 2020 following a historic tenure.
Maraga is famed for presiding over the annulment of Kenya’s 8 August 2017 presidential election saying it had not been “conducted in accordance with the constitution” and declared it “invalid, null and void”. He said back then:
The greatness of a nation lies in its fidelity to the constitution and the strict adherence to the rule of law.
Due to this and other incidents, Justice Maraga has been praised for restoring faith in the independence of the judiciary since taking office in October 2016.
Kenya media reports that Justice Maraga is the country’s 14th Chief Justice.
Justice Maraga graduated as a lawyer from the University of Nairobi, before going into private practice.
He was appointed a judge in 2003 and rose to join the Court of Appeal in 2012.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Justice, Philomena Mwilu, will take over in an acting capacity until the Judicial Service Commission appoints the next Chief Justice.