Dead on arrival, as Speaker Muturi dismisses petition seeking removal of CJ Maraga

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,27TH FEB 2018- A petitioner’s efforts to have chief justice David Maraga and six other Judicial service commissioners members seems to have hit a snag  after Speaker of the national assembly Justin Muturi  dismissed  it as “misplaced” petition.

Muturi also said on Tuesday that the petition was “a long shot, pedestrian and a fishing expedition”.

“The House will not look at the content of the document … the petition falls on on its own sword,” he said at Parliament.

“The petition has failed miserably. The petition is not admissible as it seeks the removal of JSC members in a manner that is unknown and not contemplative. It is fatal.”

Chief justice David Maraga-FILE IMAGE

On Monday, a lawyer petitioned the National Assembly to initiate the removal of Maraga, Deputy CJ Philomena Mwilu, and five JSC members for gross misconduct.

Others also on the list are Justice Mohammed Warsame, Aggrey Muchelule, Tom Ojienda, Emily Ominde, and Mercy Deche

Muturi further noted the group did not violate any law and the Constitution

He added: “Particulars indicated relate to administrative action which is a matter for judicial review, not for Parliament.”

Adrian Njenga  who is the petioner  accuses  Maraga, Mwilu and the others of shielding, protecting and exonerating judges engaged in gross misconduct.

“The aforementioned have failed to promote and facilitate the independence and accountability of the Judiciary, and the transparent administration of justice,” Njenga said.

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