- It was not clear what they were telling each other, but from the smiles, it must have been 'congratulations' and 'thank you'
Retired Chief Justice David Maraga on Monday made a comeback at the Supreme Court to take an oath of office as chairman of a reforms task force.
He will oversee reforms at the National Police Service and Kenya Prisons Service.
Maraga shared a stage with his successor CJ Martha Koome, who presided over the swearing-in.
After taking the oath of office, the two smiled at each other and shook hands amidst hearty applause from their audience.
It was not clear what they were telling each other, but from the smiles, it must have been 'congratulations' and 'thank you.'
As the chairman, Maraga will be tasked to identify constraints in service delivery by prisons and police officers and recommend operational reforms in NPS and KPS.
He will also be mandated to recommend improvement of terms, and conditions of service in the police, review matters relating to the welfare of officers and examine the uptake of previous taskforce recommendations.
With the help of 22 other members of the taskforce, Maraga is expected to consider recommendations of SRC, NPSC, KNCHR, IPOA and assess the adequacy of the current medical scheme for NPS, KPS, including the recommendation of the standard of uniform for officers.
Upon her appointment as the first female Chief Justice, Maraga congratulated Koome through a Twitter post.
"I congratulate Hon Lady Justice Martha Karambu Koome on her appointment as Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya. Chief Justice Martha Koome, as you begin your tour of duty, I wish you all the best as you serve Kenyans in this important capacity," he said.
This is not the first time they have been seen in public as Maraga also attended the swearing in of the six judges recommended by Judicial Service Commission for an appointment but former President Uhuru Kenyatta refused to appoint them.