Chief Justice Willy Mutunga formally made the announcement to his staff in a letter dated Friday in which he said Kissinger would hold the position until the JSC advertises and competitively fills the position.
“The Judicial Service Commission met yesterday, October 24, 2013, and appointed Mr Kakai Kissinger to the office in an acting capacity as provided for under Section 11 of the Judicial Service Act, 2011,” the letter reads.
The letter continues to extol Kissinger’s professional qualifications for the post as a Harvard Law graduate and Advocate of the High Court.
“He holds a first degree from the University of Nairobi and a diploma from the Kenya School of Law. He has 12 years experience as an Advocate of the High Court,” Mutunga wrote.
It was also Kissinger who expectedly, as her deputy, stepped into Shollei’s shoes when she was sent on compulsory leave to allow the JSC investigate the allegations of, “malpractice,” levelled against her.
In addition to his role as registrar at the Judiciary, Kissinger also managed the Judiciary Transformation Fund.
Shollei herself admitted to borrowing from the fund salary advances when the National Treasury allocations were late in coming.
Before joining the Judiciary Kissinger worked in the Development, Governance and Human Rights sector for nine years with the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GTZ) and the Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU) as a Senior Governance Adviser and Executive Director respectively.
Before that he worked as a Legal Assistant for Musyoka and Wambua Advocates and for Muthoga Gaturu and Company Advocates after being admitted to the bar in April of 2001.
And as he takes the helm of the Office of the Chief Registrar, it remains to be seen whether his experience in the legal profession will stand him in good stead.
JSC Commissioner Ahmednasir Abdullahi himself admitted, despite his differences with Shollei, that she was well qualified for the position of CRJ.
Shollei herself believes Kissinger has big shoes to feel describing herself as the best CRJ that had ever walked the halls of justice.