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The Judiciary removes the barrier to the appointment of the Chief Justice


The Court of Appeal has overturned an order issued by the Supreme Court barring the registration of the Chief Justice of Kenya.

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The Judicial Services Commission (JSC) is now free to proceed with the registration process as well as to organize interviews for the registration of a High Court Judge.

Last week, a panel of the commission led by Professor Olive Mugenda concluded the interview of 10 candidates for the post of Chief Justice including Judge Chitembwe Juma, Professor Patricia Kameri Mbote, Judge Martha Koome, Judge Marete Njagi, Advocate Philip Murgor, Judge Nduma Mathews Nderi, Advocate Fred Ngatia, Judge Ouko William Okello, Professor Dr. Dr. Wekesa Moni and Attorney Alice Jepkoech Yano.

However Judges Anthony Mrima, Reuben Nyakundi and Wilfrida Okwany ordered the JSC not to proceed with any further action after the interview, following a case filed in the High Court.

The complainants claimed that a panel of 10 commissioners who interviewed the candidates should not have been led by Professor Mugenda and also some candidates failed to submit their wealth receipts.

But Court of Appeal Judges Roselyn Nambuye, Patrick Kiage and Sankale Ole Kantai quashed the order after the JSC commission and Attorney General Kihara Kariuki appealed the decision of the Supreme Court judges on the grounds that the order could spark a constitutional crisis in the country. .

The JSC is currently expected to submit the name of the successful candidate for official nomination by President Uhuru Kenyatta after being interviewed by Parliament.

The new Chief Justice will be the 15th in the country and the third under the new constitution. He will take over from retired David Maraga from the post.

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