Justice David Marete Njagi on Monday, May 3 became the talk of the town after he demanded to be asked questions by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) panel during his interview for the position of Supreme Court Judge.
JSC commissioner Mohamed Warsame opted not to ask Marete any questions - a move that took Marete by surprise as he encouraged the commissioner to pose at least one query.
"I wish you well, I have no questions for you," Warsame stated.
"No, no. You must ask one or two, please. You and I make this place happy, why would you want to back out?" Marete posed.Justice Warsame during the interviews for CJ on Friday, April 16, 2021.
This elicited mixed reactions among Kenyans online who wondered why the commissioner chose not to ask Marete any question.
"The judiciary should not allow any commissioner to just sit in a panel and ask no question to the candidates.
"This is the reason we want scorecards of all the commissioners on each candidate.. what will Warsame give Marete this time or he will use his CJ scorecard?" read some comments online.
The JSC interviews are often regarded as the hot seat where candidates are put to task by the panel over various issues in a bid to retain the most suitable candidate for the role.
Marete's humorous presentation in the interviews has earned him a nickname - the People's Chief Justice and he has not shied away from basking in the glory of his perceived street popularity.
"The voice of Kenyans is all over the air. It's Marete they want. This is the man. The voice of Kenya," he said while being interviewed for the Chief Justice position.
The judge previously indicated that he had to be accompanied by his wife at all times due to his medical condition. He stated that if nominated, his wife had to be compensated for her role as his aide.
"We have a home in Nairobi and a home in Chuka. When you take me to Kericho, my spouse has to accompany me. When I take any work-related trip, she must accompany me on medical grounds.
"This lady is following me, no one is taking care of her. She has a home to take care of. She has her own issues, she has her own interests, why wouldn't you compensate her?" asked Marete.Justice David Marete Njagi being escorted by the Secretary to the JSC, Anne Amadi, at the conclusion of his interview before the JSC PanelFile
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