Chief Justice David Maraga has been accused of derailing the process of recruiting his successor.
Macharia Njeru, Law Society of Kenya (LSK) representative at the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) said the CJ who is set to go on terminal leave on December 15, has been working with others within the judiciary to frustrate the process.
According to Njeru, Maraga, Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu, and Justice Mohamed Warsame are hell bent on sabotaging the transition.
Maraga is also said to have cancelled a meeting when the JSC sub-committee steering the recruitment issued its report.
“After lengthy deliberations of over three hours, the Chief Justice asked for an adjournment to October 16 (today) to allow for consensus other than a vote to decide the crucial process,” Njeru said.
On Thursday, the outgoing CJ sent the commission a WhatsApp message cancelling the meeting.
“It is clear that the Chief Justice with a few others are hellbent on derailing the process of his successor, leaving the Judiciary in a crisis of leadership,” Njeru added.
He assured Kenyans of transparency in the process, adding that failure to do so would be unforgivable.
“We are determined to expeditiously deliver a Chief Justice with absolute integrity and one whom the public will have confidence in,” he said.
“Critical business that affects the country should never be managed in secrecy and with ulterior motives. We occupy our positions as trustees and do not drive personal agenda.”
Earlier, the Star, reported that there is a plot to advertise Maraga’s job while he’s still in office, which is illegal.
Maraga is set to retire on January 12, 2021.