, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 24 – The Law Society of Kenya is due to replace Ahmednasir Abdullahi as one its representative in the Judicial Service Commission.
According to sources, former LSK Chairman Tom Ojienda is the favourite to replace Abdullahi whose three-year term is due to expire later in the year.
Abdullahi has served in the JSC in line with section 20 of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution which stipulates that he holds the position for only three years.
LSK is now seeking clarification from the JSC exactly when his term expires so that the necessary procedures to fill the position can be put in place.
“The Council of the Law Society of Kenya in its meeting held on 10th June 2013 directed that I enquire on the date of expiry of the 3-year term to enable us put in place and activate the necessary procedures to fill the position,” LSK Chief Executive Officer Apollo Mboya says in a letter to the Judiciary.
Abdullahi was elected in 2010 after lawyers voted through secret ballot where he garnered 896 votes while his closest rival had 482 votes.
The other representative, Florence Mwangangi, took the female LSK slot with 465 votes.
Apart from LSK representatives, other members of the JSC include Chief Justice Willy Mutunga, Justices Smokin Wanjala, Riaga Omolo, Isaac Lenaola, Attorney General Githu Muigai, Christine Mango and Emily Ominde.
Others are Titus Gateere and Samuel Kobia. Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Gladys Shollei is the JSC Secretary.
The functions of the JSC are to promote and facilitate the independence and accountability of the Judiciary and also spearhead the efficient, effective and transparent administration of justice.
It recommends to the president persons for appointment as judges, reviews and makes recommendations on the conditions of service of judges and judicial officers, other than their remuneration and the staff of the Judiciary.
The JSC also appoints, receives complaints against, investigates and removes from office or otherwise discipline registrars, magistrates, other judicial officers and other staff of the Judiciary, in the manner prescribed by an Act of Parliament.
It further prepares and implements programmes for the continuing education and training of judges and judicial officers and advises the national government on improving the efficiency of the administration of justice.
In performance of its functions, the commission is guided by competitiveness and transparent processes of appointment of judicial officers and other staff of the Judiciary and the promotion of gender equality.