Search for Maraga’s replacement continues today

The search for a new chief justice to replace David Maraga  kicks off on Monday with  the judicial service commission set to interview a total of  10 candidates.

The JSC secretary Anna Amadi says only one candidate will be interviewed per day in an open space in line with COVID 19 guidelines.

The process has however raised questions of impartiality of some of the commissioners with calls to lock out the acting chief justice Philomena Mwilu from  the interviewing panel.

Justice Mwilu is said to have been represented by one of the candidate Fred Ngatia in a court case.

Similar petitions have been filed against commissioner Alice Mugenda and Patrick Gichohi.

Those shortlisted include Justice Said Chitembwe, Prof Patricia Mbote, Justice Martha Koome and Justice Marete Njagi.

Others include Philip Murgor, Justice Nduma Nderi, Fred Ngatia, Justice William Ouko, Dr Wekesa Moni and Alice Yano.

Article 166 of the Constitution provides that the CJ and a judge of the Supreme Court must have at least 15 years experience as a superior court judge.

Option of 15 years of experience as a distinguished academic, judicial officer, legal practitioner or such experience in other relevant legal field is also considered.

JSC commissioners who will be in the panel are ACting Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu, Ms Mercy Deche, Mohammed Warsame, and David Majanja.

Others are Attorney General Kihara Kariuki, Patrick Gichohi, Prof Olive Mugenda, Felix Koskei, Macharia Njeru and Evelyne Olwande.

JSC is seeking to fill the position of CJ which was left vacant following Maraga’s retirement in January and Supreme Court judge left vacant by Justice Jackton Ojwang.

After interviews, one name will be selected and forwarded to President Uhuru Kenyatta for appointment after parliamentary approval.

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