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42 Marks: Ngatia Claims He Was Rigged Out at the Last Minute

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Senior Counsel Fred Ngatia has opposed the appointment of Attorney General Martha Koome as the next Chief Justice.

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Speaking after an announcement by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) on Tuesday, April 27, Ngatia complained that he had been robbed last time.

A senior lawyer, who many predicted would emerge better, said powerful people pressured part of the JSC commissioners to reduce its score.

Fred Ngatia accompanied by JSC Secretary Anne Amadi, at the end of her 5-hour interview session April 20, 2021

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“Four commissioners from the Mount Kenya region reduced my marks yesterday afternoon after being summoned by powerful people. Without that intervention, I was ahead of all the other candidates, â € he explained.

President of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) Nelson Havi also studied corruption in Ngatia marks.

Speaking during an interview with Waihiga Mwaura of Citizen TV, Havi questioned how LSK’s representative to the JSC, Commissioner Macharia Njeru gave the senior lawyer 42 marks.

œ As an LSK, we are concerned that our representative may award 42 marks to a law professional who had applied for CJ. If that person is a top lawyer, how could he be a lower CJ candidate? – he asked.

In 2019, Ngatia was given the position of best lawyer in Kenya by Chambers and Partners, an an independent research company operating in 200 jurisdictions providing insights on the world’s leading lawyers.

The JSC announced that the decision to appoint Judge Koome was unanimous, which Havi said could indicate interference.

“It cannot be that the JSC, which appears to be in the hands of the government, will give us a CJ. The commission will never reach a joint decision,” he criticized.

Despite pressure to disclose how candidates ran, JSC declined to announce the news.

“Our role was to choose the best candidate and that’s what we did,” Prof Olive Mugenda, who led the interview, told reporters.

Prof Makau Mutua, who was interviewed for the post of Chief Justice in 2016, has already moved to court seeking to compel the commission to publicly publish each candidate’s mark in accordance with the constitutional requirements of transparency.

The JSC also indicated that it would continue with interviews to fill the vacancy of a Supreme Court Judge on May 3.

Fred Ngatia accompanied by JSC Secretary Anne Amadi, at the end of her 5-hour interview session April 20, 2021

Fred Ngatia accompanied by JSC Secretary Anne Amadi, at the end of her 5-hour interview session April 20, 2021

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