Judges’ vetting board gets down to work

January 18, 2012 2:50 pm
South African Judge Albie Sachs/MIKE KARIUKI

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 18 – The Vetting of Judges and Magistrates Board is expected to start work next week.

During the swearing-in of South African Judge Albie Sachs on Wednesday, Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs Minister Mutula Kilonzo said the team comprising three foreigners and six Kenyans will begin work after a bonding session in Mombasa.

Kilonzo said Zambian Judge Fredrick Chomba is due to be sworn-in on Thursday morning. Ghana’s Georgina Wood was the first foreign judge to take oath of office.

The minister urged the board to ensure that Kenyans’ confidence in the Judiciary is restored through the vetting process.

“Treat this as an opportunity to restore judicial confidence,” he said as he urged them to immediately start work since time provided in the Constitution was almost running out.

Chief Justice Willy Mutunga who presided over the swearing in also echoed Kilonzo’s remarks and encouraged the board to ensure that Kenyans get an efficient Judiciary that will deliver the justice that Kenyans have been yearning for, for many years.

Judge Sachs brings long standing expertise not just through his experience as a lawyer, magistrate and a judge, but also as a victim of lack of justice.

Sachs who lost his arm in 1988 during a car bomb in Mozambique was also an anti-apartheid activist in South Africa.

Due to his activism, he spent 24 years in exile.

“This time the law is from the top of my head, down to the upper most parts of my toe in total respect of the Constitution for our generations and generations to come,” he vowed after his swearing-in.

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