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CJ Maraga's moving confession on his 20 years' battle with alcoholism

CJ Maraga opens up on his struggles

File image of Chief Justice David Maraga

Chief Justice David Maraga has opened up on his long battle with alcoholism, a habit that saw him waste 20 years of his youth.

Maraga revealed that he began taking alcohol in high school and carried the habit to University and would often drink on credit.

The CJ who was presiding over JKUAT’s Drug Awareness Sabbath divulged that it all began in high school when he got into bad company.

“I was baptised on October 30, 1965 when I was still in primary school but I got into bad company in high school. I started drinking even on credit,” confessed the CJ.


He revealed that alcoholism saw him waste 20 years of his career in law with the habit slowing down his career.

“For more than 20 years, I mark-timed except in providing basic necessities,” said Maraga.

“I would go home at 3am and ask for dinner. My wife would ask me if it was really dinner of breakfast I was asking for,” he added.

After two decades of alcoholism, Maraga made a decision to quit the bottle and gave his life to Christ.


This turned out to be his big break and saw him make significant progress in his career and education, rising to the top of Kenya’s judiciary.

“I went back for masters’ 34 years later after my undergraduate. I would not have been Chief Justice if I had not given my life to Jesus Christ,” he said. 

During the event, Maraga appealed to the youth trapped in alcoholism and drug addiction to seek divine intervention as well as help from experts.


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