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2022 Uhuru succession race puts Supreme Court under siege | Press Review

22nd March, 2019

The nbsp;race  to succeed President Uhuru  Kenyatta in 2 22 has been cited as partly fuelling silent succession wars in the Judiciary.

 

Observers say that Uhuru  succession  and Chief Justice David Maraga’s tenure that ends before 2 22, have stirred a vicious battle to reconstitute the SupremeCourt.

 

CJ Maraga, and two other judges are set to retire before the next General Election. The fate of three other judges hangs in the balance after petitions were filed against them.

 

Observers say rival political camps are attempting to influence the composition of the Supreme  Court, arguing the unfolding events are calculated to trigger the reconstitution of the court that handles presidential election petitions. 

 

Simple majority

 

A dispute at the apex court  is determined by a simple majority of the seven judges. Analysts argue that political rivals would want to have majority of the judges on their side should a presidential election petition be filed after the 2022 poll.

 

That the court  may be called upon to decide on the eligibility of a key contender in the poll has further raised the stakes. Former Jubilee Party chairman, David Murathe, has vowed to fight to the Supreme  Court to block the candidature of Deputy President William Ruto.

 

At 68 years, Chief Justice David Maraga is set to retire in January 2021 upon attaining the mandatory retirement age of 70.

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