Former Chief Justice Evans Gicheru has passed on.
Gicheru served as the 12th Chief Justice of the country after being appointed by former President Mwai Kibaki. He retired in 2011.
His death was confirmed by Chief Justice David Maraga who issued a statement on behalf of the judiciary.
“I am deeply saddened to announce the demise of retired Chief Justice Evans Gicheru which occurred this morning. Justice Gicheru had a lengthy career in the public service, which started when he was appointed a District Officer in Wajir,” CJ Maraga said in a statement.
He added, “The Kenya and Judiciary family have lost a steadfast public servant, a selfless professional and a humble human being.”
President Uhuru Kenyatta mourned the former CJ as a towering legal mind who is highly accomplished.
Uhuru further said that Gicheru was a great leader whose contribution to the development of the legal sector especially the independence of the judiciary hasdcontinued to sharpen the country’s democracy.
“It is sad that we have lost one of the greatest legal minds we have had in our country. Justice Gicheru worked tirelessly during his time at the helm of the Judiciary to ensure that the country’s democracy continued to thrive.