NAIROBI, Kenya, May 5 – President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday appointed 14 new judges to serve in the High Court of Kenya.
Through the advice of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) judges Stephen Nyangau, Sewe Akech, Patrick Okwara and Winfrida Okwany were asked to report to work immediately.
Others included Dorah Chepkwony, Asenath Nyaboke, Waweru Kiarie, Lucy Mwihaki, John Mativo and Reuben Nyambati.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by Article 166(1) (b) of the Constitution, as read with Article 172(1) (a) of the Constitution and Section 30 as read with the First schedule of the Judicial Service Act, 2011, I, Uhuru Kenyatta, President and Commander In Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces, in accordance with the recommendation of the Judicial Service Commission, appoint the judges,” the President said.
Last June the president approved appointment of 11 High Court judges out of a list of 25 recommended by the JSC amidst protest by the Opposition which demanded for an explanation over the delay in appointing the new judges.
They Opposition had argued that the president had not approved the appointments which had been recommended by the JSC beginning of 2014.
Even after appointing the 11 judges, the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) moved to court to protest the President’s failure to appoint all the 25 judges as proposed by JSC.
LSK wanted the president to appoint all the 25 based on the recommendations of the JSC.
The 14 judges appointed on Tuesday were part of the 25 recommended for appointment last year.