After a rigorous selection process and public interview of candidates by the Judicial Service Commission to get the new Chief Justice in Kenya, Court of appeal Judge David Maraga has been nominated as Mutunga's successor.
Justice Maraga is one of the elders of the Seventh-Day Adventist church, Nairobi Central for may years now. His appointment has sparked a jubilant mood among Seventh-Day Adventist faithful with some taking to social media to thank God for an answered prayer.
During the interview, identifying himself as a staunch Adventist, Justice Maraga said his practice was to worship God in church on Saturdays.
“According to the judge, only a matter of life and death can make him miss church on Saturday — for instance, an accident happening on his way to church in which case he would stop to help the victims,” Kenya’s Standard newspaper reported the following day in an article with the large headline, “I Will Not Compromise Church for Work, Says Judge.”
His stance won praise from Kenyan Adventist believers on Facebook. “Wow, [I] am encouraged to trust and believe in Him more,” said Janet Michira, a sales and marketing worker in Nairobi.
“I love the fact that there are still men walking in true honesty,” said Phyllis Karimi.
Facebook user Erick Ruto added, “May God help us all to stand for Him in all situation that He may be glorified.”