, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 26 – The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) has lauded Judicial Service Commission (JSC) for fulfilling its constitutional and statutory mandate for appointing the Chief Justice within the given time frame.
Through a press statement, LSK chairman Isaac Okero commended each of the Commission’s members for a job well done in also selecting the Deputy Chief Justice and judge of the Supreme Court.
He however emphasized the need to reconsider the Country’s laws to ensure that there will never again be a period without a Chief Justice in office or without the top court in operation.
“The Supreme Court shall now soon have among the finest jurists of our land in its composition, a matter of great excitement within the legal fraternity,” he stated.
“The JSC has fulfilled its constitutional and statutory mandate within the time frame it promised and each of its members, led by the acting chair Margaret Kobia, are commended for a job well done,” he stated.
He stated that the top court is now practically reconstituted and shall be fully operational upon the swearing into office of the last two nominees.
“Once this happens it shall be time for us to reconsider our laws to ensure that never again will the country have to endure any period without a CJ in office or without the apex court in operation.”
The National Gender and Equality Commission however wants the JSC to rescind its decision on the appointment of Isaac Lenaola as a Supreme Court judge saying it contravened the two thirds gender rule.
In a statement, Chairperson Winfred Lichuma says with Lenaola on the bench, the two thirds rule will not be adhered to as the composition translates to a 28.6 percent in favour of the female gender against 71.4 percent for the male gender which is unconstitutional.