Judge David Maraga has been nominated as the new Chief Justice of Kenya.
Maraga, 65, will take over from Willy Mutunga, who retired in June 2016 if approved by President Uhuru Kenyatta and the National Assembly.
The Judicial Service Commission announced on Thursday that the CJ will assume office with immediate effect.
The Kisumu-based judge was the third to be interviewed for the position of the next Chief Justice.
He was among 11 judges shortlisted by the Judicial Service Commission.
During the interviews, Maraga found himself at pains to demonstrate his expertise in applying the law in conflicting suits.
Attorney General Githu Muigai, one of the panelists, put him to the test, seeking to know how he would pass judgment in suits where two or several laws were at conflict.
He used a case study of a surrogate mother who decided not to give a child to its separated biological parents, who were both seeking custody.
Maraga admitted that the question was tricky but answered: "In this scenario, the child's interest is paramount."
More on this: CJ interviews: AG Muigai tests Maraga’s skilll
- Thank you for participating in discussions on The Star, Kenya website. You are welcome to comment and debate issues, however take note that:
- Comments that are abusive; defamatory; obscene; promote or incite violence, terrorism, illegal acts, hate speech, or hatred on the grounds of race, ethnicity, cultural identity, religious belief, disability, gender, identity or sexual orientation, or are otherwise objectionable in the Star’s reasonable discretion shall not be tolerated and will be deleted.
- Comments that contain unwarranted personal abuse will be deleted.
- Strong personal criticism is acceptable if justified by facts and arguments.
- Deviation from points of discussion may lead to deletion of comments.
- Failure to adhere to this policy and guidelines may lead to blocking of offending users. Our moderator’s decision to block offending users is final.