Former Chief Justice Evan Gicheru (pictured) is dead, Chief Justice David Maraga has announced.
He was Kenya’s Chief Justice for eight years having been appointed by former President Mwai Kibaki in 2003.
Maraga eulogised him as a steadfast public servant, a selfless professional and humble human being.
“Justice Gicheru will forever be remembered for his role in entrenching judicial service independence in Kenya ending the time when Judiciary took instructions from the Executive,” he said in a statement.
Maraga added; “He brought honour to the office of the Chief Justice by ensuring that it became the indisputable custodian of integrity within the judiciary.”
Gicheru was the longest serving Chief Justice in Kenya.
Upon his retirement, Gicheru declared he had no regrets for whatever transpired during his tenure. “I have no regrets… I am now a free man. I can now go die peacefully,” he said, as he walked to his car.
Gicheru created a controversy when he swore in President Kibaki at dusk, in the wake of the highly contested 2007 presidential election as violence erupted in parts of Kenya, mainly the Rift Valley and the Nyanza regions.
President Kibaki was sworn in State House for his second term after chairman of defunct Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK) Samuel Kivuitu controversially declared him the winner. He presided over the hurriedly convened ceremony attended by a few aides and senior government officials.