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Adrian Kamotho Speaker Muturi makes final ruling on CJ Maraga’s removal

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The Speaker received the petition on Monday.

CJ David Maraga and Speaker Muturi earlier. Muturi has dismissed a petition seeking removal of CJ Maraga. play CJ David Maraga and Speaker Muturi earlier. Muturi has dismissed a petition seeking removal of CJ Maraga. (JSC/File)

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi on Tuesday, February 27, threw out a petition by lawyer Adrian Kamotho seeking to oust CJ David Maraga and the Judicial Service Commission, terming it misplaced, a long shot, pedestrian and a fishing expedition.

On Monday, lawyer Adrian Kamotho Njenga wrote to Parliament on accusing Justice Maraga, Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu and five other members of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) of violation of the Constitution, gross misconduct and incompetence.

“The petition against the Chief Justice which I have received is misplaced, a long shot, pedestrian and a fishing expedition,” Speaker Muturi asserted on Tuesday, hours after receiving the petition.

play National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi and President Uhuru Kenyatta earlier. (PSCU/File)

 

Mr. Kamotho says Justice Maraga, DCJ Mwilu, Justice Mohamed Warsame, Justice Aggrey Muchelule, Prof Tom Ojienda, Ms Emily Ominde and Mercy Deche are unfit to hold office.

“The aforementioned JSC Commissioners have failed to promote and facilitate the independence and accountability of the Judiciary and the transparent administration of Justice contrary to Article 172 (1) of the Constitution,” said Kamotho.

In the petition, which was received by Parliament on Monday February 26, Kamotho says the seven JSC officials have previously contravened Chapter 6 of the Constitution on integrity. Mr Njenga says the seven have “jointly and severally” committed acts of gross misconduct in the execution of their duties as JSC commissioners.

 

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