, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 27 – The National Assembly is on Thursday expected to debate the report by the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee recommending Philomena Mwilu as the Deputy Chief Justice.
The debate will take place before the House adjourns for a week long recess.
The Justice and Legal affairs Committee recommended the appointment of Mwilu to replace Kalpana Rawal who retired upon attaining the constitutional age of 70 years.
She had been vetted and nominated by the Judicial Service Commission which found her suitable for the job.
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 High Court 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.