The Judicial Service Commission has nominated Court of Appeal Judge David Maraga for the post of Chief Justice.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to appoint the judge formally after the National Assembly approves the nomination.
The 64-year-old was the third person interviewed by the Commission. He beat thirteen other candidates which include Supreme Court judges Jackton Boma Ojwang’ and Smokin Wanjala among others.
Justice David Maraga is a devoted Christian. He famously said he would give up his job if he was ever forced to work on Saturday, his day of worship.
Justice Maraga received his law degree from the University of Nairobi in 1977. He was in private practice in Nakuru for 25 years before his appointment as a judge of the High Court.
Justice Maraga is a beneficiary of the Narc dream which aimed to bring a fresh breath to what was seen as a rotten Judiciary.
He was first posted to Mombasa where he worked for four and a half years. In 2008, he was transferred to Nakuru before moving to Nairobi in 2011.
During the vetting process by the Judicial Service Commission, he presented himself as being a man of integrity and having an untainted past.
He also added that he was at an advantage because he is an insider who understands the workings of the Judiciary.
Speaking at his Nairobi home, the Court of Appeal judge expressed his excitement over the nomination while promising to ensure efficient services in the Judiciary.
”I am excited, ready and I will work with colleagues to ensure an efficient service delivery. We still have a long way to go. This is a challenging position but I am ready to give it my best.” the judge said.