The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy party leaders paid Chief Justice Maraga a courtesy visit on Tuesday at the Supreme Court in Nairobi.
He held a meeting for over an hour with the leaders, including Raila Odinga, Moses Wetang’ula and Kalonzo Musyoka. The meeting was also attended by Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu and Siaya Senator James Orengo.
The Chief Justice shared with the politicians his vision for the Judiciary as a place of integrity for both the government and opposition.
”I thank them for paying me a visit. It is a sign that we are ready to work with everyone to help build better relationships.
”The Judiciary I lead will be the Judiciary for all. I thank the Opposition for their support in my confirmation hearings and look forward to their continued support.”
Chief Justice Maraga went on to ask the politicians to help make the Judiciary financially independent to help it in the delivery of justice.
Maraga also promised that the Supreme Court was ready to handle possible presidential election petitions in next year’s general election. He also took the opportunity to call for peace during the elections.
The Chief Justice mentioned that he plans to meet the speakers of the National Assembly and the Senate soon to make his case.
Raila Odinga spoke on behalf of the visiting party. He congratulated the Chief Justice on his appointment as he assured him that the opposition believes he is best suited for the position.
Odinga went on to plead with the Chief Justice to make sure justice is provided to all Kenyans.
Justice Maraga was sworn in on the 19th of October to replace the outgoing Justice Mutunga.
Maraga promised that his first task would be to clear the cases that have kept people in remand without justice served.