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Last minute applicants have until COB to make bid for CJ job

The position of Chief Justice fell vacant following the retirement of Dr Willy Mutunga on June 16, 2016/FILE

The position of Chief Justice fell vacant following the retirement of Dr Willy Mutunga on June 16, 2016/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 6 – Those who wish to fill in the shoes of Chief Justice have until close of business Friday to submit their applications to the Judicial Service Commission.

The application deadline was extended by one day on Tuesday to make provision for the Eid ul-Fitr holiday on Thursday.

So far about seven people are reported to have applied for the post of Chief Justice.

Controversial U.S based law Professor Makau Mutua and former Speaker of the National Assembly Kenneth Marende and five judges had sent their applications by Wednesday seeking to succeed Dr Willy Mutunga as Chief Justice.

Supreme Court Judge Dr Smokin Wanjala, Court of Appeal Judges Alnashir Vishram and David Maraga, High Court Judges Richard Mwongo and Msagah Mbogholi were the judges whose applications had been received.

Lady Justices Martha Koome, Lydia Achode and Agnes Murgor were among the seven who had applied for the position of the Deputy CJ before the expiry of the deadline on Wednesday.

Moi University Law Faculty Dean John Chebii and High Court Judge Isaac Lenaola applied for the position of judge of the Supreme Court following the retirement of Philip Tunoi.

The CJ’s position fell vacant after Mutunga voluntarily retired on June 16 while the DCJ’s post fell vacant after the Supreme Court ruled that the Court of Appeal’s judgment that she should have retired in January on turning 70, stands.

READ: Justices Rawal, Tunoi retirement letters dispatched

An applicant for the position of Chief Justice is required to have been a Judge of the High Court or Court of Appeal for 15 years.

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Those with 15 years experience of practice in Kenya or in any other country with a common law jurisdiction or Commonwealth country with a common-law jurisdiction are also eligible, besides other requirements listed in the advertisement.

Following the exit of Mutunga, Justice Mohammed Ibrahim being the senior most judge, became the acting President of the Supreme Court awaiting the due process of appointing a new Chief Justice.

Mutunga started on his new appointment as the Commonwealth Special Envoy to the Maldives this month.

READ: Judge Ibrahim to head Supreme Court, Mutunga named special envoy


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