I’m Mentally Stable But not ready for Police Drivers – CJ Nominee Marete
By Allan Otieno
Chief Justice nominee Justice D.K Marete was today put to task to explain the status of his disability with reference to his card which states that he is visually and mentally impaired.
On his card Judge Mohammed Warsame asked Marete if he is fit to serve as a CJ since his card stated that he is mentally impaired.
On his response to Warsame, DK Njagi denied being mentally impaired terming it an error.
‘‘You’re saying you are a person living with disability and that your request was approved from the minister downwards and you were given a card… it indicates your registration number and then the nature of your disability visual and mental is that a reflection of you?’’ Warsame asked.
‘‘My Lord I have a visual disability, no mental issues it was an error I was also warned against this by a fellow disabled colleague and I have never had this problem addressed,’’ D.K told the JSC panel.
DK Njagi also had a rough time to explaining why he has been having consistent issues with police drivers and aides given to him by the government.
In his response he says he does not trust cop drivers and government aides.
‘‘When we came into the Judiciary in 2012, I opted to use the driver of a civilian not police driver. I don’t drive because of my health issues and because of my choice. I would love to have a civilian driver who is ready to answer to my needs but not police officer,’’ he said.
From 2012 Marete has been in tussle with the office of the Judiciary Registrar over the same issue with Marete, constantly demanding permanent employment of his own civilian driver and personal assistant.
He has over 35 years experience in legal profession currently serving at Employment and Labour Relations court in Nyeri.