CJ David Maraga demotes judge after pressure from Uhuru

The CJ has been working to redeem the Judiciary's reputation

Chief Justice David Maraga with DCJ Philomena Mwilu (Twitter)

Chief Justice David Maraga on Monday demoted High Court Judge Chacha Mwita from his position as Head of the Constitutional and Human Rights Division at the Milimani Law Courts.

Th move comes after President Uhuru Kenyatta's recent hit against the judiciary accusing the CJ's team of sabotaging corruption cases.

Justice Mwita will now take up the position of presiding judge at the Kajiado High Court.

The judge was behind controversial rulings such as the suspension of criminal charges against DCJ Philomena Mwilu, the reinstatement of Miguna Miguna's Kenyan citizenship and an order that directed the government to switch TV stations back on during the 2018 media shut down.

CJ Maraga's drastic Reshuffle

Mwita's position will now be taken by Judge Weldon Korir who was presiding over the Malindi High Court.

Presiding judge at the Kajiado High Court, Justice Reuben Nyakundi, will take up the same position in Malindi.

High Court Judge Wilfrida Okwany has also been moved from the Constitutional and Human Rights Division and will on March 1, 2019 commence working at the Commercial and Tax Division.

Judge James Aaron Makau was transferred from the Commercial and Tax Division to take Okwany's position at the Constitutional and Human Rights Division.

The reshuffles came just days after the CJ held an urgent meeting with all senior judges at the Milimani Law Courts.

After the meeting, the top judges resolved to conclude all corruption matters before their courts in the next five months.


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