Retired CJ Maraga attacks President Kenyatta on corruption

Retired Chief Justice David Maraga

Retired Chief Justice David Maraga said those seeking to succeed Uhuru next year had also shown no “clue” on how they will fight graft

By The Weekly Vision Online

 Fire spitting retired Chief Justice David Maraga is not about to fade into obscurity having stepped down early this year. Justice Maraga has taken on President Uhuru Kenyatta accusing him of failing to stop the annual loss of Ksh. 608b through corruption.

The controversial former CJ who has largely kept a low profile since retirement appeared to come out of the woodwork as he spoke at a civil society forum. Commenting on the 2022 succession, he accused the president and his “preferred successors” of failing the anti-graft litmus test.

 The president he claimed was “duping” Kenyans using EACC and DCI to engage in high profile arrests that “go nowhere”. He said those seeking to succeed Uhuru next year had also shown no “clue” on how they will fight graft. Maraga, 71, who made history in 2017 by overturning President Uhuru’s victory, cited the KEMSA scam saying the ultimatum for a three-week investigation had led to a “dead end” like the NYS. He said investigative agencies EACC and DCI were eating up a fortune from state coffers while bringing little results.

The ex-CJ took a swipe at principal actors in the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) for seeking to “protect” corruption cartels that have “thrived” under President Uhuru Kenyatta who retires next year

Maraga who left the judiciary with no love lost for President Kenyatta and his government is now urging Kenyans to ask for an anti-corruption blueprint from presidential aspirants parading for the 2022 poll. The ex-CJ took a swipe at principal actors in the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) for seeking to “protect” corruption cartels that have “thrived” under President Uhuru Kenyatta who retires next year.

He said none of the four OKA co-principals had even mentioned a single word on corruption. He said if the loss of Kshs 608b each year could be stopped, the government would not need to borrow money to pay for the SGR loan. 

It is not clear if the retired CJ might have political ambitions having carved a niche as perhaps among very few people who have shown “rare” courage against the president. In other African countries like Uganda, this would simply be unthinkable.

Maraga, the man with “nerves of steel” is proving that he is likely to hound President Kenyatta right into retirement having largely groomed a bold judiciary that has thrice defied the head of state.

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