Chief Justice David Maraga has officially retired after attaining the mandatory age of 70 years.
Maraga exited after handing over office to his deputy Philomena Mwilu who will hold the position in an acting capacity until the next Chief Justice is appointed.
During a special seating by the Supreme Court held on Monday, the CJ Maraga handed over office to Mwilu while encouraging judges “not to let Kenyans down but to be guided by the rule of law as enshrined in the Constitution.”
“I want to thank the people of Kenya for your unwavering support for me and for your steadfast support during difficult times as I served you,” he said.
Maraga extended his gratitude to all Judges, Magistrates, Khadhis, and judicial officials whom he said their invaluable support enabled deliver his duties.
He urged the judges to “always stand firm because God and the people of Kenya will defend you.”