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National Assembly invites public views on nomination of Maraga as CJ

Justice Maraga's name was formally submitted to President Kenyatta last week following a rigorous interview process by the Judicial Service Commission/FILE

Justice Maraga’s name was formally submitted to President Kenyatta last week following a rigorous interview process by the Judicial Service Commission/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 5 – The National Assembly has invited the public to present their views on the nomination of Justice David Maraga as the next Chief Justice before the vetting process begins next week.

In a statement signed by the clerk, Kenyans are being urged to submit any written statement on oath that they may have on the Appeals court judge.

“Pursuant to Section 6(9) of the Public Appointments (Parliamentary Approval) Act 2011, the Departmental Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs now invites interested members of the public to submit any written statements on oath that they may have on the suitability of the nominee for appointment as Chief Justice,”

“The written statements on oath may be forwarded to the Clerk of the National Assembly or had delivered to be received on or before Tuesday 11th October 2016 at 5.00 pm,”

Views should be submitted to the clerk’s office on or before Tuesday next week before the vetting process which will be undertaken by the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee on Wednesday.

“Following the receipt of a notification of appointment from H.E the President, the Departmental Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs is mandated to vet, consider the procedure used to arrive at the nominee; any constitutional or statutory requirements relating to the office in question; and the suitability of the nominee for the appointment proposed having regard to whether the nominee’s abilities, experience and qualities meet the needs of the body to which nomination is being made,” the statement indicated.

“Articles 155 (1) (a) of the Constitution provides that the President shall appoint the Chief Justice and the Deputy Chief Justice in accordance with the recommendation of the Judicial Service Commission and subject to approval by the National Assembly. Pursuant to the said provision, Hon, Mr Justice David Kenani Maraga has been nominated to be considered for approval by the National Assembly for the position of Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya.”

Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi has already directed MPs to expedite the vetting process before a recommendation is sent to President Uhuru Kenyatta.

He directed the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee chaired by Ainabkoi MP Samuel Chepkonga to start the approval hearings and table its report for debate which will enable lawmakers to make a decision before the end of the week.

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Justice Maraga’s name was formally submitted to President Kenyatta last week following a rigorous interview process by the Judicial Service Commission.

If approved, Justice Maraga will head the Judicial Service Commission and become the President of the Supreme Court, succeeding Willy Mutunga who retired in June.

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