NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 28 – Lady Justice Philomena Mwilu and Justice Isaac Lenaola were Friday sworn-in as the Deputy Chief Justice and Judge of the Supreme Court of Kenya respectively.
Congratulating the new Deputy Chief Justice and Justice Lenaola after witnessing the swearing-in ceremony at State House, Nairobi, President Kenyatta said he looked forward to working together with the Judiciary in serving the people of Kenya.
“I just want to reiterate, once again, that at the end of the day we serve the same people. Therefore, we need complement each other in discharging our mandates to the people. We are not in competition,” President Kenyatta said.
The President assured the Judiciary of his support to enable it discharge its duties to Kenyans effectively.
Chief Justice David Maraga, Attorney General Githu Muigai, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed and Chief of Staff and Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua among other senior Government officials attended the brief ceremony conducted by Chief Registrar of Judiciary Anne Atieno Amadi.
The National Assembly Justice and Legal Affairs Committee has 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.
Committee chairperson Samuel Chepkonga submitted the committee report to the National Assembly which found her suitable to hold office.
Mwilu had to fight off a petition filed by Kandara MP Alice Wahome who alleged that she failed to conclude an election petition case and also failed to disqualify herself from the case and that she had taken a bribe.
She beat 15 other candidates to emerge victorious in the search.
The judge graduated from the University of Nairobi and was admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya in 1984.
She has 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.