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Four commissioners from Mount Kenya reduced my marks


Senior Advocate Fred Ngatia has been the first to complain after failing to be appointed as the second Chief Justice of Kenya.

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Ngatia, who had been named by some Kenyans as the frontrunner, missed the appointment, which was upheld by Court of Appeal Judge Martha Koome.

Speaking to the daily, Ngatia said that four commissioners of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) reduced their marks after receiving calls from powerful government officials.

“Four commissioners from Mount Kenya reduced my marks yesterday (Monday) afternoon after receiving phone calls from powerful people. Without that intervention, I was ahead of all the other candidates, ”Ngatia said as quoted by Daily Business.

Read: Ksh500,000 That Can Stop Fred Ngatia Becoming Kenya’s Next CJ

10 candidates were shortlisted for the post, which was concluded last week on Friday.

In addition to Ngatia and Judge Koome, other candidates include Judge Said Chitembwe, Prof Patricia Mbote, Judge Marete Njagi, Senior Counsel Philip Murgor, Judge Nduma Nderi, Judge William Ouko, Dr Wekesa Moni and Alice Yano.

Judge Koome, with the approval of Parliament, will be Kenya’s first female Chief Justice.

Koome, who has 33 years of experience in legal practice, joined the Court in 2003. Prior to that, he was a human rights defender.

Born in 1960 in Meru County, Koome holds a law degree in International Public Law from the University of London (2010), a law degree from the University of Nairobi (1986) and a Master’s Degree from a Kenyan School of The law.

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