Visram takes stand as interviews for new Chief Justice begin in Nairobi

August 29, 2016 8:55 am
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Court of Appeal Judge Alnashir Visram will be the first to face the Judicial Service Commission from 9 am at the Supreme Court Buildings/FILE
Court of Appeal Judge Alnashir Visram will be the first to face the Judicial Service Commission from 9 am at the Supreme Court Buildings/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 29 – Interviews for six candidates shortlisted for the position of Chief Justice are scheduled to kick-off Monday morning.

Court of Appeal Judge Alnashir Visram will be the first to face the Judicial Service Commission from 9 am at the Supreme Court Buildings.

High Court judge Msagha Mbogholi takes the stand Tuesday, followed by Court of Appeal Judge David Maraga on Wednesday.

A schedule released by the Judicial Service Commission shows that constitutional expert Nzamba Kitonga and the only non-judge among the shortlisted candidates will face the panel on Thursday,

Lady Justice Roselyn Nambuye and Justice Smokin Wanjala will wrap up the interviews on Friday and Saturday respectively.

Meanwhile, on Monday morning High Court Judge George Odunga is also set to deliver a ruling on a petition by civil society groups seeking to stop the interviews.

Through their lawyer Elisha Ongoya, the activists are arguing that the entire process is flawed and violates the Constitution.

While making his presentation in Mombasa, Ongoya said requirements set by JSC that all candidates must present clearance certificates from the Kenya Revenue Authority and the Higher Education Loans Board is likely to lock out potential and qualified candidates.

JSC lawyers led by Ochieng Oduol however, insist that the Commission followed the due process in advertising for the positions and urged the Court to quash the petition.

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