NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 17 – The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has advertised for the position of Chief Justice following the retirement of Willy Mutunga.
Advertisements for their position were published in Friday’s local dailies, a day after Dr Mutunga retired paving the way for the recruitment of a new CJ.
Mutunga formally retired Thursday at 3:30pm after announcing that Justice Mohammed Ibrahim will be acting Supreme Court President.
Mutunga will now take up a new post as the Commonwealth Special Envoy to the Maldives.
It was in his position as the senior most judge of the Supreme Court citing the absence of a Deputy CJ, and as enshrined in the Supreme Court Act that Ibrahim was appointed to preside over the highest court in Kenya.
Kalpana Rawal who was the Deputy CJ and Supreme Court Judge Philip Tunoi retired on Wednesday after the Supreme Court upheld the Appeal Court ruling that judges should retire at the age of 70.
While delivering his farewell speech at the Supreme Court, Mutunga assured the country that there would be no crisis in the Judiciary.
According to Mutunga, the Judiciary Leadership Advisory Council which comprises the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Paul Kihara, High Court Principal Judge Richard Mwongo and the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Anne Amadi will manage the operations of all levels of courts in the country.