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What the CORD team discussed with CJ Maraga in their first meeting

CORD Principals Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka met the new Chief Justice Mr. David Maraga at the Supreme Court.

Chief Justice David Maraga assured Cord leaders of the Judiciary’s ability to handle elections petitions when they paid him a courtesy call on Tuesday.

Maraga, who took over fromretired Chief Justice Willy Mutunga, met Cord co-principals Raila Odinga, Moses Wetang’ula and Kalonzo Musyoka at the Supreme Court.

He welcomed the opposition leaders saying he will make the Judiciary a home for all, both in government and the opposition.

“I thank them for paying me a visit. It is a sign that we are ready to work with everyone to help build better relationships,” he said.

The CJ asked the politicians to help push the government to provide more resources for a stronger and well-equipped Judiciary.

Maraga noted this will help restore public confidence in the run-up to the August 8, 2017 general election.

He called for peace during the elections season and said his next meeting will be with Speakers of the Senate and National Assembly.

Sources privy to the discussions said the group also deliberated on challenges facing the Judiciary and its plans to digitise processes.

Maraga was sworn in on October 19 to replace Mutunga who left office in July to avert a constitutional crisis.

He said his first task will be to clear the more than 20,000 cases that have kept people in remand to ensure jusitce is not delayd.

Mr. Odinga was last in the supreme court during the 2013 hearing of a petition he filled challenging the election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Mr. Odinga and Mr. Musyoka were accompanied by Senators James Orengo and Moses Wetangula.

Story Credits: The Kenya Today contributed to this report.

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