Kenya: Retired CJ Gicheru Eulogized As Untiring Mentor As Burial Set for Friday


Nairobi — The late former Chief Justice Evan Gicheru was on Thursday eulogized as a great leader who played a pivotal role in mentoring young judicial officers and shaping the Judiciary’s path to independence.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, who led the nation in paying his tributes to Gicheru who died on December 25, said the country had lost “a gifted leader, a mentor and one of the country’s respected legal minds”.

“His commitment and devotion to serve the country saw him work hard to upgrade his legal knowledge and transform form an administrator to a member of the Judiciary,” he said in a condolence message delivered by the Attorney General Kihara Kariuki at a requiem mass held at ACK St. Francis Church, Karen.

The Head of State noted that Gicheru, Kenya’s longest serving Chief Justice, who died aged 79, was always a firm believer of the rule of law and was non-partisan and incorruptible.

“We will as a country be grateful for the judicial reforms that Justice Gicheru presided over. He brought freshness to the legal system and we will never forget his relentless fight against impunity and corruption in the corridors of justice,” he said.

Gicheru served from 2003 to 2011 and was succeeded by the former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga.

Chief Justice David Maraga mourned Gicheru as an untiring mentor who was unrelenting in his fight for the rule of law and in defence of Judiciary’s independence.

“He leaves behind a strong legacy in the decisions he made; the reforms he engendered in the Judiciary and the many tenacious jurists he mentored,” he said.

Maraga who was appointed by Gicheru to the Judiciary in 2003, credited him for restoring public trust in the Judiciary during his tenure in office.

“His role in restoring the public’s faith and trust in our justice system after its many years of subservience to the Executive will always be recognized as the starting point for the reforms that today define the Judiciary of Kenya,” he said.

Bungoma Senator and former Attorney General Amos Wako rekindled the memories he shared with Gicheru especially during their early days at Alliance High School describing him as “a true friend”.

He noted that Gicheru’s work ethic was unmatched and incomparable.

“I can say without any fear of contradiction that Gicheru was one of the best Chief Justice that this county has ever had,” he said.

Gicheru’s wife Margaret eulogized her husband as a man who was the strength and a pillar of the family during the time they shared.