CJ David Maraga. He has clarified that he has not stopped any judge from taking part in NASA's planned swearing in ceremony
  • The CJ has distanced himself from a letter purporting that he has warned judges from taking part in NASA’s swearing in
  • CJ Maraga was speaking in Mombasa during the official opening of the National Assembly Departmental Committee on Justice and Legal affairs retreat

Chief Justice David Maraga has said that he does not have the authority to stop any judge from swearing in the NASA chiefs Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka.

The Supreme Court President clarified that he does not have any legal mandate that permits him to direct judges or magistrates on whatever matters.

Maraga, speaking in Mombasa after the official opening of the National Assembly Departmental Committee on Justice and Legal affairs retreat, said that judicial officers in the country have their independence.

“The independence of the Judiciary is sacrosanct that the CJ is not given power to direct the officers on what to do. Anybody saying that I have directed judges and magistrates on what to do, that has not come from me and it will never come from me,” he said.

He was dismissing a letter that purported that he had cautioned judges and magistrates against taking part in NASA’s planned swearing in on January 30th.

When asked to comment on the plan by NASA, Maraga said that the Judiciary does not interfere with what politicians do in their sphere adding that they only address political issues when they are placed to the as legal issues.