NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 26 – The National Assembly Justice and Legal Affairs Committee on Wednesday recommended the appointment of Lady Justice Philomena Mbete Mwilu to the office of Deputy Chief Justice to replace Kalpana Rawal who retired upon attaining the constitutional age of 70 years.
Her name will be forwarded to President Uhuru Kenyatta for the formal appointment if the National Assembly approves her.
Lady Justice Mwilu had to fight off a petition filed by Kandara MP Alice Wahome who alleged that she failed to conclude an election petition case, failed to disqualify herself from the case and that she had taken a bribe.
Mwilu recalled to the Committee members that it was in 2011 when her row with Wahome started after she lost a case in which she was representing the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Kenya.
She explained that she was among three judges handling the election petition in question and after she was asked to recuse herself, she found the allegations made to be odd same reason that former Chief Justice Dr Willy Mutunga told her to stay on the case.
Lady Justice Mwilu beat 15 other candidates to emerge victorious in the search.
The DCJ nominee graduated from the University of Nairobi and was admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya in 1984.
She also served in the Commercial Division in Nairobi, at the Eldoret High Court and the Civil Appeals sub-division of the High Court, the murder section of the Criminal Division and later headed the Environment and Land Division of the High Court.