NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 31 – Former Law Society of Kenya (LSK) Chairman Eric Okongo Omogeni will battle it out with Senior Counsel Ahmednasir Abdullahi for the slot to represent the society on the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).
Omogeni who previously chaired the defunct Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission Advisory Board says he has the capacity and ability to serve in the JSC and represent the interest of all Kenyans especially at this time when the judiciary is undergoing transformation.
“Having served in the powerful positions at the anti-corruption commission and LSK and being a member of several legal professional bodies I have gained adequate experience that can help nurture the JSC to the next decade,” he stated.
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 three-year term.
He was elected in 2010 after lawyers voted through secret ballot where he garnered 896 votes while his closest rival had 482 votes.
Florence Mwangangi took the other LSK slot on the JSC with 465 votes.
Apart from the two LSK representatives, other members of the JSC include Chief Justice Willy Mutunga, Justices Smokin Wanjala, Mohamed Warsame, Aggrey Muchelule (who replaced Isaac Lenaola), Attorney General Githu Muigai, Christine Mango, and Emily Ominde.
Others are Rev Samuel Kobia and Prof Margaret Kobia, with acting Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Kakai Kissinger as 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.
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.