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Rest In Peace! Judiciary in Mourning After Christmas Celebration

Job Maangi



Photo: Chief Justice David Maraga

Outgoing Chief Justice David Maraga announced details concerning the Death of Retired Chief Justice Evans Gicheru who died in the morning hours of 26th December.

Justice Gicheru started his serving in the public sector when he was appointed a District Officer in Wajir.

He later worked as a Senior State Counsel in the Office of the Attorney General and as an administrative officer in the Office of the President, before joining the Judiciary as a Judge of the High Court in 1982.

He was appointed a judge of the Court of Appeal six years later, in 1988, and Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya on February 21, 2003, a he held until his ement in February 2011.

Justice Gicheru will forever be remembered for his role in entrenching judicial independence in Kenya, ending the tradition where the Judiciary took instructions from the Executive in the discharge of its daily functions.

He brought honour to the office of the Chief Justice by ensuring that it became the indisputable custodian of integrity within the Judiciary.

“I am deeply saddened to announce the demise of Retired Chief Justice Evans Gicheru which occurred this morning,” Maraga Said.

Photo: Retired Chief Justice Evans Gicheru Swearing-in Former President Mwai Kibaki

Justice Gicheru rendered his services in many other capacities. Perhaps the most famous, and for what he will forever be remembered, was his role as the chairperson of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the disappearance and subsequent death of Foreign Affairs Minister Robert Ouko.

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“On behalf of the Judiciary, the Judicial Service Commission and on my own behalf, I wish to express our heartfelt condolences to his family for this painful os. May the almighty God grant them courage and fortitude to bear the tragedy,” Maraga asserted.

His firmness and resolute management of the inquiry led to the disbandment of the Commission before it could publish its findings.

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