Kenya has today made history after Martha Koome was sworn in as the new Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya. Martha is the first woman to occupy the top legal office since Kenya gained independence in 1963 and became an independent state the following year.
Chief Justice Koome is now tasked with the crucial duty of safeguarding the Constitutional of Kenya as its chief custodian. Most Kenyans have expressed their happiness with her new position as they expect her to exercise truth, justice and integrity in her new position just like her predecessor the retired Chief Justice David Maraga did.
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Maraga will be remembered for his assertiveness in implementing the requirements of the constitution after he nullified the 2017 presidential election petition file by the Orange Democratic Movement party leader Raila Odinga and his legal team against President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy William Ruto who is currently the Taka Taka leader.
Today Martha Koome together with Justice William Ouko were sworn into office by President Uhuru Kenyatta at the State House. During the swearing-in, the President told the CJ to do her work well if she wants no trouble. The President's words has left Kenyans in wonder and guessing what the Head of State meant by those words.
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"The country is in celebration mood as we confirm the official swearing-in of the country's new Chief Justice. Am personally honoured to be the first President to swear-in the first female Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya. It is time for you to do your work. I wish you God's blessings and hope for a mutual partnership as we help each other in executing the will of the people. We only ask you to do your work well if you don't want any trouble. We only want peace and unity for all Kenyans,” President Uhuru Kenyatta said.
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The President's remarks however raised eyebrows among Kenyans on social media, sparking mixed reactions. People sent their congratulation messages to the new Chief Justice as they urged her to execute the will of people without bias. They told her to do her work well like her predecessor and not let politics affect her mission and work of delivering to Kenyans as the new Chief Justice.
Below are some of the reactions from Kenyans:
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What are your thoughts about the President's remarks and what can you tell our new Chief Justice? Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions on the comments section below.
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