Saturday, December 26, 20202 -Former Kenya’s 12th Chief Justice Evans Gicheru has died.
Kenyans.co.ke reported on Saturday December 26 that the former Judiciary boss had passed on through an official message confirmed by the siting Chief Justice David Kenani Maraga.
Gicheru who, according to reports, served the longest time in the history of the country, died after some illness which is yet to be disclosed to the public.
Former Head of State Mwai Kibaki appointed Gicheru in 2003 who finally retired on 27 February 2022.
“I am deeply saddened to announce the demise of retired Chief Justice Evans Gicheru which occurred this morning.
“Justice Gicheru had a lengthy career in the public service, which started when he was appointed a District Officer in Wajir,” partly read CJ Maraga’s statement.
The late worked at the level of a Senior State Council in the Attorney General’s office and as an administrative officer in the president’s office. He would later join the Judiciary as a judge of the High Court in 1982.
Gicheru then rose through the ranks to be appointed at the Appellate Court in 1988 which he ran for a staggering 15 years before he was finally elevated to the Chief Justice position.
“Justice Gicheru will forever be remembered for his role in entrenching judicial independence in Kenya, ending the tradition where the Judiciary took instructions from the Executive in the discharge of its daily functions.
“He brought honour to the office of the Chief Justice by ensuring that it became the indisputable custodian of integrity within the Judiciary,” said Maraga.
Maraga described his predecessor as a man who will not easily be replaced by any other.