Interviews for Chief Justice conclude on Thursday

September 15, 2016 9:49 am
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Justice Ojwang' joined the Judiciary as a High Court judge in October 2003 and served for eight years until June 16, 2011 when he was appointed to the Supreme Court bench/KEVIN GITAU
Justice Ojwang’ joined the Judiciary as a High Court judge in October 2003 and served for eight years until June 16, 2011 when he was appointed to the Supreme Court bench/KEVIN GITAU

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 15 – The interviews for the post of Chief Justice are set to come to an end Thursday after Supreme Court Judge Jackton Ojwang appeared before the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) panel.

So far, 12 candidates have been interviewed for post, including Supreme Court Judge Smokin Wanjala, Judge Msagha Mbogholi, Justice (Rtd) Aaron Ringera and Makau Mutua among others.

Overview
  • So far, 12 candidates have been interviewed for post, including Supreme Court Judge Smokin Wanjala, Judge Msagha Mbogholi, Justice (Rtd) Aaron Ringera, and Makau Mutua among others.
  • Justice Ojwang' joined the Judiciary as a High Court judge in October 2003 and served for eight years until June 16, 2011 when he was appointed to the Supreme Court bench.
  • Mutua was on Wednesday put to task to explain how he will lead the Judiciary if appointed, yet he is on record questioning President Uhuru Kenyatta's legitimacy.

Justice Ojwang’ joined the Judiciary as a High Court judge in October 2003 and served for eight years until June 16, 2011 when he was appointed to the Supreme Court bench.

Mutua was on Wednesday put to task to explain how he will lead the Judiciary if appointed, yet he is on record questioning President Uhuru Kenyatta’s legitimacy.

He told the JSC panel that he would have no problem working with President Uhuru Kenyatta if appointed Chief Justice despite twice tweeting in 2013 and 2015, that he “can’t and won’t,” recognise his rule.

While not denying that those were indeed his words, Mutua said that his position was informed by the crimes against humanity charges President Kenyatta faced at the time before the International Criminal Court.

He also expressed concern over what he deemed a lack of transparency in Kenya’s dealings with foreign governments.

The JSC is expected to recommend to President Kenyatta one suitable candidate for appointment to succeed Willy Mutunga.

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