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Maraga Absent From Uhuru’s Event After Voicing Frustrations

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Kenyans.co.ke, on Wednesday, November 27, learned that Chief Justice David Maraga was conspicuously missing from the launch of the Building Bridges Initiative report at Bomas of Kenya.

On Monday, November 4, “>the CJ angrily lamented that his office was not accorded the respect it deserved and threatened to skip state functions until his demands were met. 

It is, however, not clear if Maraga had received an invitation to the event or was left out from the onset.

It is especially questionable when the CJ skips such an event that has captured the whole country and has proposed quite a number changes to the laws, including the introduction of a prime minister’s post as well as changes to the Judiciary. 

President Uhuru Kenyatta arriving at Bomas on Wednesday, November 27, 2019.
President Uhuru Kenyatta arriving at Bomas of Kenya on Wednesday, November 27, 2019.

Two weeks prior, while speaking at the Supreme Court, Maraga decried the government’s decision to slash the Judiciary’s budget.

He claimed at the time, that he was struggling to foot bills, including that of wifi.

“Unless I am treated with the respect I deserve, I will choose state functions to attend.

“The CJ is not accorded the respect accorded to his office. CSs and PSs are cleared to enter in places before the chief justice,” he lamented at the time.

He also specifically highlighted the Sunday, October 20 Mashujaa Day event that was held in Mombasa, where he decried of mistreatment.

“I’m always treated contemptuously like it happened during Mashujaa Day where my presence was not even acknowledged. I was allowed on to the stage through a side door.

“I have never owned a Mercedes myself and I am not bothered by that. However, let the office of the CJ be treated like every other office including President Uhuru Kenyatta‘s office,” he demanded.

CJ David Maraga with Governor Mike Sonko at Mashujaa Day celebration in Mombasa on October 20, 2019
Chief Justice David Maraga with Governor Mike Sonko at Mashujaa Day celebrations in Mombasa on October 20, 2019.

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