David Maraga Biography: Chief Justice of Kenya Supreme Court

David Kenani Maraga Chief Justice and President of the Kenya Supreme Court

David Maraga Biography
David Maraga Biography

David Maraga the 14th Chief Justice and the president of the Supreme Court of Kenya full names are David Kenani Maraga. He was born in 1951. Maraga comes from Bonyamatuta, Nyamira County. He is deputized by Philomena Mbete Mwilu.

David was appointed to the High Court in October 2003 and to the Court of Appeal in 2011 and he was the Presiding Judge of the Court of Appeal in Kisumu.

He was appointed to a judicial office before the enactment of the 2010 Constitution of Kenya. Justice Maraga went through the mandatory vetting by the Judges & Magistrates Vetting Board in 2012 which declared him fit to continue serving in office.

There was a dramatic moment during his vetting when asked for a Bible and swore before the vetting panel that he had never taken a bribe in his judicial career and would never take bribes in future.

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Justice Maraga Tribe

coming from Bonyamatuta, Nyamira County, he is a Kisii by tribe.

David Maraga Education Background

Justice Maraga studied law at the University of Nairobi. Here are his academic qualifications.

  1. Student at Kenya School of Law, post graduate diploma in Law
  2. Graduate student at the University of Nairobi, Masters of Law – 1978
  3. Graduate student at the university of Nairobi, Degree in Law -1977

He is also an accomplished trainer and facilitator, who has facilitated several capacity-building sessions at the Judiciary Training Institute; the Law Society of Kenya’s Continuous Legal Education (CLE) workshops; as well as seminars and conferences at other institutions.

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Life History of David Maraga

Very little is known about the public about his private life. However here is a timeline of his life history in the Judiciary.

October 2014 to Date – Presiding Judge, Court of Appeal, Kisumu

April 2010 to December 2011 – Presiding Judge of the Family Division of the High Court in Nairobi

May 2009 to August 2010 –Resident Judge, High Court of Kenya, Nakuru

August 2015 to Date -Chairman of the Judiciary Committee on Elections (JCE)

May 2012 to August 2015 –Vice-Chairman of the Judiciary Working Committee on Election Preparations (JWCEP).

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Who is David Maraga?

Justice Maraga was appointed by retired Chief Justice Willy Mutunga in May 2012 to chair the Kenya Judiciary Working Committee on Election Preparations (JWCEP) which was constituted in 2012 to ensure the Judiciary was fully prepared to deal in a timely manner, with any disputes that would arise from the March 2013 General Election.

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Appointment of Justice Maraga

Justice Maraga was among the ten people who applied to replace Dr. Willy Mutunga after his voluntary early retirement in June 2016. David Maraga emerged the best from legal practitioners and scholars, including law professor Makau Mutua, Supreme Court of Kenya Judges Jackton Ojwang and Smokin Wanjala, East Africa Court of Justice Judge Aaron Ringera, and his Court of Appeal colleague Alnashir Visram.

Maraga was officially appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta on 19 October 2016, when he took the oath of office as the 14th Chief Justice of Kenya and the second Chief Justice in Kenya’s new constitution. He is expected to retire on 12th January 2021 upon the attainment of 70 years as stipulated in the constitution of Kenya.

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Justice David Maraga Family

He is a strong Christian married to his wife and father of three children, he says he is guided by two things: his absolute faith in God and in the law. David Maraga who is a Seventh-day Adventist has vowed to serve humanity and Kenyans.

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First Presidential Election Petition Kenya 2017

After the 8 August 2017 presidential election IEBC declared Uhuru Kenyatta the winner. However,  Raila Odinga and his NASA coalition leaders challenged the declaration.

The supreme court of Kenya nullified the election and ordered the IEBC to conduct a fresh one within 60 days in accordance with the Constitution. The full judgment was read after 21 days of the ruling.

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Second Presidential Election Petition 2017

Chief Justice David Maraga read his brief ruling on second presidential election petition 2017.  The election that was boycotted by NASA Kenya Leader, Raila Odinga insisting of reforms before elections.

The Supreme Court Judges have dismissed the petitions filed by former Kilome MP Harun Mwai and two other Kenyans. David Maraga the President of the Supreme Court said they had paid attention to the specific prayers of petitioners as well as constitution in delivering their decision.

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