Retired Chief Justice Dr Willy Mutunga missed the swearing in of newly appointed Chief Justice David Maraga which was held at State House, Nairobi on Wednesday, October 19.
Mutunga said commitments abroad made it impossible for him to grace the CJ swearing in ceremony.
In a statement to press Wednesday, Mutunga said he was called to facilitate American university students on matters law that relates to Kenya.
“It was my wish and hope that I would attend Chief Justice Maraga’s swearing in ceremony today (Wednesday, October 19). Unfortunately, the exigencies of duty have not made that possible. Princeton University, as well as other America universities, have invited me to speak and teach on the Kenyan experience with Judiciary transformation, evidence of the fact that the rest of the world is paying considerable attention to our worthy struggle for institutional reforms,” he said.
Mutunga, however, sent his congratulatory message to the new Chief Justice.
“In Justice Maraga the Judicial Service Commission has found a judge of great integrity, focus and energy,” he said.
Mutunga noted that the seamless transition of leadership in the Judiciary proves that systems can work if respected.
“I believe the Chief Justice recognizes the important role that the Judiciary must continue to play in defending the Constitution, and would encourage him to vigorously continue on this path.
“Over the last five years, tremendous progress has been made in laying strong foundations for the transformation of the Judiciary, and I am confident that Chief Justice Maraga will advance and consolidate these reforms. On every metrics of transformation – backlog, access to justice, judicial and judiciary independence, infrastructure, staff welfare, training, performance contracting, the fight against corruption – significant progress has been made, but which will require expansion and deepening under his leadership. I am glad that Chief Justice Maraga has been an integral part of this journey,” he said.
Mutunga has urged other arms of government, agencies in the National Council on the Administration of Justice (NCAJ), The Judicial Service Commission, the Judiciary fraternity, and the Kenyan public to offer support to Justice Maraga.
Justice David Maraga has vowed to spear the Judiciary in the fight against graft.