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In what perhaps will be viewed as a surprising turn of events, all members of the current Supreme Court bench have kept off the ongoing process to replace Retired Chief Justice David Maraga.

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A statement released by the Judicial Service Commission Wednesday evening on the applications for the vacancy in the office of the Chief Justice, reveals that not even the acting Chief Justice Lady Justice Philomena Mbete Mwilu applied to be considered for the position.

According to JSC, the likes of Justice Mohamed Khadhar Ibrahim. Justice Dr Smokin Wanjala, Lady Justice Njoki Susanna Ndung’u, or Justice Isaac Lenaola did not sent applications for the vacant position as at Tuesday February 9, 2021 when the commission closed the submission of applications.

Instead the JSC disclosed that only 13 Kenyans have showed interest in succeeding Maraga. Those who applied for the position include former Director of Public Prosecutions Philip Kipchirchir Murgor and renowned court of appeal judge Lady Justice Martha Koome.

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Others include Prof Otinga Mare, Prof. Dr. Dr. Moni Wekesa, Hon. Mr Justice William Ouko, Hon. Mr. Justice D.K. Marete, Alice Jepkoech Yano, Hon. Mr. Justice Mathew N. Nduma, Ngatia Fredrick SC, Prof Patricia K. Mbote, Said Juma Chitembwe, Otondi Ontweka, and Ombongi Brian Matagaro.

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