NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 13 – The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has shortlisted six applicants for the position of the Chief Justice.
A statement from the Commission indicated that the six candidates are Justices Alnashir Visram, Smokin Wanjala, Roselyne Nambuye, David Maraga, Mbogholi Msagha, and former Law Society Chairman Nzamba Kitonga.
Outspoken US-based lawyer Makau Mutua and former anti-corruption tsar Aaron Ringera were some of the big names that failed to make the shortlist for the position of Chief Justice.
“The Judicial Service Commission has today reviewed the applications received for the position of Chief Justice for completeness and conformity with the constitutional and statutory requirements, the JSC Act and criteria outlined in the advertisement for the post,” Judicial Service Commission Acting Chairperson Margaret Kobia stated.
Others who failed to make the cut are Supreme Court judge Jackton Ojwang, David Waihiga, Isaac Rutenberg, Lucy Wanja, Kongani Udoto, Paul Andrew and Daniel Wambura.
On Wednesday, the JSC is expected to shortlist applicants for the position of Deputy Chief Justice and on Thursday will reveal those who have made the cut for the position of Supreme Court judge.
Fourteen candidates had applied for the position of Chief Justice with only two women – justice Nambuye and lawyer Wanja.
The Judicial Service Commission had received 15 applications for the position of Deputy Chief Justice and 21 for Supreme Court Judge.
Acting JSC chairperson Margaret Kobia the review of the applications will involve contacting referees and former employers to verify the suitability of the candidates for the positions.
The review process also allows members of the public to send their observations or complaints about the applicants seeking to fill the three positions.
Former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga, former DCJs Barasa and Rawal as well as former Supreme Court Judge Philip Tunoi were among the first batch of candidates for the top judicial jobs to be vetted publicly.
Their positions fell vacant following the exit of Mutunga on June 16 and the retirement of Rawal and Tunoi.