Nyeri MP Ngunjiri Wambugu files petition against Maraga [VIDEO]

He accuses the CJ of gross misconduct and wants JSC to sack him

David Maraga
Chief Justice David Maraga at the Supreme Court on January 31, 2017. PHOTO: JACK OWUOR/THE STAR

Chief Justice David Maraga is under siege following the Supreme Court judgement that overturned the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu has filed a petition before the Judicial Service Commission seeking the removal of Kenya’s top judge.

Residents from Kisii county hold peaceful demonstrations against Uhuru Kenyatta. PHOTO: TWITTER

Through a 14-page petition, the first time legislator accuses the President of Kenya’s highest court of “gross misconduct”.

Ngunjiri wants the Judicial Service Commission, the body mandated to hire judges and magistrates, to investigate the conduct of Judge Maraga since his appointment as Chief Justice.

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The MP is accusing the CJ of instituting “a judicial coup” as the head of the third arm of government.

He claims Judge Maraga has been held captive by a group of NGOs who have been campaigning against Kenyatta’s presidency since 2013.

He goes on to allege that Maraga has allowed the non-profits to be embedded in the Judiciary and have been funding a number of programmes, including technical support and training at the Judicial Training Institute.

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But the accusations don’t stop there as he is also alleging that the CJ prevented Justice Mohamed Ibrahim from participating in the hearing of the presidential petition filed by Odinga.

It will be remembered that Justice Ibrahim fell sick on the second day of the hearing leaving only six persons to proceed with the case.

This mountain of allegations comes hot on the heels of Uhuru Kenyatta’s verbal attack against the judge Maraga and the Supreme Court where he called them thugs after they squashed his win.

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A full judgement of the Supreme Court which nullified the re-election of President Kenyatta is yet to be released. The Judges have nine days to deliver their decision in full.

Justice Maraga, his deputy Philomena Mwilu, Smokin Wanjala and Isaac Lenaola nullified the election citing irregularities and illegalities in the transmission of results.

Judges Njoki Ndung’u and JB Ojwang were of different opinion.

Watch the video below courtesy of KTN News: