CJ Maraga's firing: JSC receives new document accusing CJ of gross misconduct

Chief Justice David Maraga on the chopping board

JSC receives letter calling for CJ David Maraga's dismissal over gross misconduct filed by Okiya Omtatah

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) on Friday received a fresh petition seeking to have Chief Justice David Maraga sacked.

The letter by activist lawyer Okiya Omtatah accuses the CJ of gross misconduct in a matter involving the appointment of a new Auditor-General.

"...be pleased to initiate the necessary procedures for inquiry into the conduct and subsequent removal of Chief Justice David Kenani Maraga for breach of oath of office and gross misconduct and/or misbehaviour incompatible with the Status of Judge of the Supreme Court of Kenya," Okiya's letter reads in part.

Okiya claims sabotage by CJ Maraga

The human rights advocate claims that CJ Maraga sabotaged a matter he had argued before High Court Justice Stephen Radido.

Justice Radido was scheduled to deliver a ruling on Omtatah's matter on February 26, 2020 but the file was said to have been "hijacked" at the CJ's office.

"The actions of the learned Chief Justice constitute a subverment and defilement of the Constitution, a threat to the rule of law and constitutional order, and is a breach of the oath of office the learned Chief Justice took to protect, administer and defend the Constitution with a view to upholding the dignity and respect of the Judiciary and the judicial system of Kenya," the lawyer claims.

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