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Kenya’s chief justice to retire after criticising president? No, document fake

An official-looking document announcing the retirement of Kenya’s chief justice has been posted on Facebook.  

“The Judicial Service Commission wishes to inform the general public that the Right Honourable David Kenani Maraga will proceed on leave pending retirement with effect from 19th June 2020,” it reads.

Dated 15 June, the document seems to be on the letterhead of Kenya’s judiciary, and bears the country’s coat of arms. It is signed with the name of the judiciary’s chief registrar, Anne Amadi

In early June, Maraga strongly criticised president Uhuru Kenyatta for disregarding two court orders on the appointment of judges. He has since been the target of false information.

Is the chief justice about to retire? Or is the document more disinformation?


The judiciary has posted the document on Facebook and Twitter with “FAKE” stamped on it and a single-word comment: “Fake.”

Section 167 of Kenya’s constitution reads: “A judge shall retire from office on attaining the age of seventy years, but may elect to retire at any time after attaining the age of sixty-five years.”

Maraga was sworn in on 19 October 2016. Born in 1951, he turns 70 on 12 January 2021, the date he is required to retire. – Dancan Bwire


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