, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 6 – Former Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission Director Aaron Ringera will be facing the interviewing panel for the next Chief Justice.
Ringera resigned from the defunct body in 2009 after Parliament voted against his appointment, stating that it was not legal.
During that time, he told his critics that he did not have powers to prosecute those accused of corruption and resigned to save the KACC from the threat of dissolution.
On Monday, the interview for the CJ post ended in a record 20 minutes after the candidate, a law graduate who moonlights as a carpenter, withdrew from the race.
Andrew Udoto who is currently at the Kenya School of Law withdrew on the grounds that he does not wish to waste tax payers’ money on account of his inadequate experience given he has yet to be admitted to the roll of advocates, let alone serve as a judge.
Ringera was among seven applicants the JSC had initially rejected but on Justice George Odunga’s orders to “reconsider” its selection criteria, invited for an interview along with all other applicants.
Others who were previously locked out of the interviews include activist Makau Mutua, Andrew Kongani, David Wambura, Lucy Julius and David Waihiga who successfully challenged their exclusion.
Isaac Rutenburg and Judith Wanjala will also be joined by Faustine O. Mare in the race for a Supreme Court judge.
The aforementioned candidates had been knocked out at the short listing stage.