Nairobi, KENYA: Justice David Maraga was on Wednesday sworn in as the 15th Chief Justice of Kenya ever since the country attained independence.
66-year-old Maraga, was sworn in at State House,Nairobi by President Uhuru Kenyatta after the National Assembly adopted the report from the vetting committee.
Speaking after witnessing the swearing in ceremony, President Kenyatta said that the judiciary has made remarkable reforms but all will be meaningless unless Kenyans get quick and effective judicial service.
“Kenyans are told their files are lost or some other excuses when they appear in court. Bwana Chief Justice, why don’t you just concluded these cases and Kenyans will be happy, ” said President Kenyatta.
After taking over office from Dr. Willy Mutunga, Magara said his interest is to improve the service delivery to Kenyans and fight corruption in the country and within the Judiciary.
“I will reduce backlog and become more accountable. I will institutionalize the war against corruption to become part of the culture and strengthen the office of the Ombudsman.” He said.
Meanwhile, religious leaders in Mombasa have called upon the new Chief Justice to fight corruption as it has been reported to be rampant in the court rooms.
Speaking to journalist in Mombasa on Wednesday, Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya Secretary General Sheikh Khalifa, said they are a lot of injustices that need to be corrected.
“Today those who steal sh.10 are arrested while those who steal billions of taxpayers money are walking scottfree with body guards. Mr David Maranga your position requires that Kenyans see justice is achieved. ” Said Sheikh Khalifa.