Nairobi: “Mutunga gave me the confidence to take up my case of inheritance to the High Court in Kisii,” says Catherine Kemunto, a widower from Kisii in southern Kenya.
“He inspired me to seek justice for my children after 20 years of suffering disinheritance from my Late husband’s siblings,” continues Catherine through passion.
As the wheels of the public service commission (PSC) and the judicial service commission (JSC) begin to turn to replace the retired Chief Justice Dr. Willy Mutunga, the jury is still out there as to the legacy that he leaves behind as the first Chief Justice under the new constitution of 2010.
Some people appreciate that he used his profession prudently and touched many lives. What is not in dispute, however, is that he set a precedent that will be difficult to beat or even emulate.
“There are not too many Kenyans that will come into high public office and leave after a five-year stint without once being tainted by the brush of corruption or falling into the trap of ethnic nationalism,” says Murithi Mutiga, a journalist working with Nation Media in Nairobi.
He thinks that Mutunga is one of the rare figures to achieve this distinction: “The power of that example will outlive all the other debates about his legacy and will probably be the best gift he has given his motherland,” Mutiga.
Our reporter, Mike O’mera, credits Dr. Mutunga by his move to demystify the judiciary; and that he changed the way things are done in the judiciary and made it possible for the ordinary citizens to access justice and feel that their rights were protected.
Mike O’mera, for Tanzania Nzima Media, Nairobi