Retired Chief Justice Evan Gicheru has passed away. His death was announced Saturday morning by Chief Justice David Maraga. CJ Maraga eulogised him as a steadfast public servant and humble human being.
“He brought honour to the office of the Chief Justice by ensuring that it became the indisputable custodian of integrity within the judiciary,” he said in a statement.
“The Kenya and Judiciary family have lost a steadfast public servant, a selfless professional and a humble human being,” he added.
Johnson Evan Gicheru was a Kenyan lawyer and a former Chief Justice of Kenya. He was appointed by President Mwai Kibaki upon his election in 2003. He is the 12th Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya and has served the longest term by any African Chief Justice in Kenya’s history, from 2003 and finally retiring on 27 February 2011.He died on 25th December 2020 Early in his career, he worked a Senior State Counsel in the Office of the Attorney General and as an administrative officer in the Office of the President. Justice Gicheru was appointed a Judge of the High Court in 1982 and on 8 June 1988 he was appointed to the Court of Appeal. During this time he was appointed chairperson of a judicial inquiry into the death of Foreign Affairs Minister Robert Ouko. The commission was disbanded before publishing its findings. His tenure as Chief Justice begun on February 21, 2003.
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