Maraga's Request to Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya

  • The President of the Supreme Court of Kenya, Justice David Maraga, on Monday made a request to Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya.

    Speaking to him during the launch of the foundation for an ultra-modern Kakamega High Court building, Maraga urged Governor Oparanya to sensitize the youth against being involved in rapes and defilement issues to the rising number of such cases.

    "I want to appeal to the Governor (Oparanya) that when you are out there on your politic rallies, please advise our youth, because if a person is sentenced for 20 years, he will be totally disorganized in his life and will become a serious liability to the society,” he advised.

    Expressing his concern over the issue, Maraga called upon the Governor to sensitize the youth against such acts and instead engage them in activities that will help them focus their energies on nation-building.

    [caption caption="File image of CJ David Maraga and Kakamega governor Wycliff Oparanya"][/caption]

    “If you visit our prisons, you will realize that most of the people who are on a life sentence, are youths between the ages of 20 to 22 years and it is because of defiling children or raping women,” he stated.

    The Head of the Judiciary also requested the Governor to monitor the construction of the Sh388 Million building that he launched on Monday.

    According to Maraga, the new court will host 9 judges and provide better working offices to which will see to it that there is efficient hearing of cases.

    The Chief Justice has been transversing counties in the recent past as he was laying the foundation for the construction of High Courts.

    Maraga travelled last Wednesday to Mombasa to meet Governor Hassan Joho as he also laid the foundation stone for the construction of Mombasa High court building.

    He thanked Joho for giving the Judiciary a chance to put up the new building and hailed the relationship between the Council of Governors and his team.

    [caption caption="File image of CJ David Maraga and Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho."][/caption]

    Maraga further hailed governors for respecting the work of the Judiciary as an independent arm of government by not linking them to political battles.

    "I have no inhibitions when I go to Joho's office or any other governor's office.