Chief Justice David Maraga seems to have chosen to be loyal to his religious believes, over his lucrative job as the President of the Judiciary in the country.
The Chief Justice has stood firm on his Sabbath Day, celebrated by the Seventh Day Adventist Church. He has refused to compromise his belief of working on Saturday, which is why the pre-trial conference for presidential petition filed by National Super Alliance leader Raila Odinga at the Supreme Court will be held on Saturday 7 pm, after the Sabbath Day ends.
In a notice by Supreme Court registrar Esther Nyaiyaki to lawyers representing NASA co-principals Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka, President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission said that the sitting will be held at 7pm, Saturday, which left many with questions why a pre-trial hearing for petition of such magnitude would be held in the night.
“Take notice that the date of the pre-trial conference has been fixed on Saturday August 26 at 7pm before the Supreme Court. Kindly note that all counsel appearing before the court should be fully robed,” said Ms Nyaiyaki.
During his interview for the position, Chief Justice, Justice Maraga told Judicial Service Commission panelists that he would never compromise his religion to attend to work on a Saturday, since he is a staunch Seventh Day Adventist. “It will be very difficult for me to sit on a Saturday to hear a case. I would rather talk with my colleagues in the court to accommodate me and exempt me from sitting if the hearing extends to a Saturday,” said Maraga.
SDA church adherents are usually passionate to their doctrine of Sabbath Day, a day of worship which starts from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset. In the interview CJ said only a matter of life and death can make him miss church service on Saturday and now seems to have lived and fulfilled his promise not to sit on a Saturday.