NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 13 – A giggling Lucy Wanja Julius on Tuesday became the ninth hopeful to interview for the job of Chief Justice and the last of the two female candidates to have applied.
The member of the Commission for University Education – who doubles up as a pastor – was however not oblivious of her chances at clinching the job given, as the Attorney General put it, her competitors lapped her twice over in experience but like King David, she exuded confidence that she would beat the odds.
“First and foremost I am a believer in David. When the King of Israel could not rule in justice, God sent a prophet to a man called Jesse. There were so many sons in the house but Jesse decided to throw one out, actually he did not shortlist that person and God says bring him, I want him here. He is the person I have anointed and this son who had not been included in the list of people to be anointed by his own father actually is the one who killed Goliath and also brought mighty victories for Israel… and I believe today I am David, I am the person who will kill Goliath in the Judiciary.”
“This revelation is very old time,” she told the Judicial Service Commission, “it came to me when I was only 10-years-old.”
Ironically, she blamed her incomplete application on her last minute decision to apply for the job.
“My application came the very last day when you extended… I have been dreaming about it for very many years except that when the advertisement came, I thought it wasn’t my time but that morning, I woke up and I had a passion. Right here in my heart I knew this was the day.”
Her experience as a former NARC-Kenya Chief Executive Officer and as part of former President Mwai Kibaki’s ‘Kibaki Tena’ campaign team on his second run for office, she said, made her uniquely qualified for the job of Chief Justice.
“I have also experience in the political arena. Not as a politician, but (as) somebody who has understanding of how politicians work. So I can be able to work very well with election petitions. I know some of the secrets of the politicians. I get very very useful in that area… That is something that many judges would not have because they only thing they have is the papers that are presented.”
A statement she later withdrew all the while being tickled by it, “I withdraw for my own safety,” she said before breaking into laughter.
But the more controversial of her statements was that she would lock the media out of the courtroom except in situations where the litigants were comfortable with the coverage.