David Maraga has officially retired as the 15th Chief Justice of independent Kenya.
Maraga handed over the instruments of power to his deputy Philomena Mwilu, who is the acting CJ on Monday.
He was part of the bench during a special court session in his honour to meet the quorum as the Constitution dictates. This is because Justice Njoki Ndung’u, another Supreme Court judge, could not attend.
Maraga’s tenure will be remembered for his strong fight for the rule of law and independence of the Judiciary. H e was also deliberate in pushing for the adoption of technology in dispensation of justice.
During his tenure, Maraga has opened 22 new court buildings across the country.
Owing to his stature, he has been invited across the world to give lectures and address important audiences and institutions, including Havard University and Oxford University.
Thanks God, family, Kenyans, colleagues
In his usual self, Maraga started his speech by thanking “Almighty God” for guiding him throughout his 4 years and three months tenure.
He gave a special thanks to his wife and children, who were present at the Supreme Court.
“Throughout my term, my family bore the brunt of the attacks and threats against me, I sincerely thank you and I’m not taking that for granted.
“I want to thank the people of Kenya for unwavering confidence in and support for me. Your solidarity in moments of great adversity and peril and your steadfast defense in moments of trial and tribulations only served as strength,” said Maraga.