President Kenyatta Leads the Country in Mourning Former CJ Evans Gicheru

President Uhuru Kenyatta has led the nation in paying tribute to former Chief Justice Evans Gicheru who passed away on Saturday, December 26.

In his glowing tribute, President Kenyatta said Kenya had lost a great leader whose contribution to the development of the legal sector especially the independence of the judiciary has continued to sharpen the country’s democracy.

“As a country, we will forever be grateful for the judicial reforms Justice Gicheru pushed through during his successful tenure as the top judge. He brought freshness to the legal system and will be remembered for his relentless fight against impunity and corruption in the corridors of justice,” the President said.

The President added that Gicheru worked tirelessly during his time at the helm of the Judiciary to ensure that the country’s democracy continued to thrive.

“Having worked in different places within the civil service, the late Chief Justice knew the importance of having an independent judiciary as a guarantor of national peace and harmony,” the President eulogised.

On his part, Kibaki said that Gicheru was a consummate public servant whose integrity, sense of rectitude and assiduousness were unsurpassed.

“During his tenure as Chief Justice—between 2003 and 2011—the late Gicheru distinguished himself as a firm yet honourable and impartial overseer of the fullest extent of Kenya’s jurisprudential affairs,”

Kibaki said that in his many years of service in various capacities within Government, Gicheru espoused an uncontested and unwavering public-spiritedness for which he will be fondly remembered.

“The late Justice Gicheru leaves behind a richly bedecked legacy of service to the public wrought in humility and selflessness. May his soul rest in eternal peace,” Gicheru said.

Deputy President William Ruto mourned Gicheru as a legal giant who served our country with dedication and distinction.

“He was humble yet a tough-minded leader who contributed immensely to the advancement of the independence of the Judiciary. A committed public servant, Justice Gicheru will best be remembered for his ground-breaking work in restoring the faith of the public and trust in our justice system,” Ruto said.

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga while mourning Gicheru said that said that he remembers him as a great legal mind and the man on whose shoulders we placed the burden of returning the country to the Rule of Law after the 2002 transition.

“He did his best under difficult circumstances. My thoughts and prayers are with his family,” Said Raila.

Gicheru’s demise was announced on Saturday morning by Chief Justice David Maraga, who eulogised him as a steadfast public servant, a selfless professional, and humble human being.

 

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