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By Felix Olick

Outgoing Deputy Chief Justice Nancy Baraza thanked Ms Rebecca Kerubo, the security guard who led to her unceremonial exit from the Judiciary, in her resignation letter to President Kibaki.

The former Deputy President of the Supreme Court thanked Kerubo ‘most sincerely’ for what she termed as opening a new chapter in her life. “I wish to thank Rebecca Kerubo most sincerely for the new chapter she opened in my life,” wrote Baraza in her resignation letter, a copy of which The Standard On Saturday has.

Ms Baraza also asked for forgiveness from Kenyans where she could have fallen short of their expectations, saying she is also human.

“I want to thank my country women and men for their support and ask for their forgiveness where I fell short of their expectations and tell them that we are all human,” she said.

She also thanked President Kibaki for giving her the privilege to serve as the first Deputy CJ and vice-president of the Supreme Court.

Baraza’s trouble started after Kerubo accused her of pinching her nose after declining to undergo security checks at the Village Market in Nairobi on New Year. The guard also accused the outgoing DCJ of threatening to shoot her with a gun.

It is this gun and nose pinching drama that ended Baraza’s brief stint at the helm of the Judiciary after the Tribunal probing her conduct recommended her removal from office. Baraza later appealed the ruling at the Supreme Court. However on Thursday, she tendered her resignation letter to the Judicial Service Commission claiming she would not receive fair trial before the Supreme Court and in particular her immediate boss, CJ Willy Mutunga.

“Although I have preferred an appeal in the Supreme Court challenging the recommendations of the Tribunal set up by Your Excellency to probe my conduct, I do not see myself getting a fair and impartial hearing before the Court as currently constituted,” Baraza complained in her letter.  Baraza also claimed the CJ had recently endorsed the recommendations of the tribunal that recommended her sacking from the Judiciary in a television interview.