NAIROBI, Kenya, October 14 – The National Assembly has requested members of the public to present their views on the nomination of Philomena Mwilu as the Deputy Chief Justice.
This follows the forwarding of her name to the House by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“Following the receipt of the nomination 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, the suitability of the nominee’s abilities, experience and qualities meet the needs of the body to which nomination is being made, and submit its report o the house for approval,” a notice placed in the local dailies indicated.
In the statement, National Assembly Clerk Justin Bundi pointed out that views should be submitted through written statements by the 24th of this month.
“Pursuant to Section 6 (9) of the Public Appointments (Parliamentary Approval) Act, 2011, the Committee now invites interested members of the public to submit any representations by written statement on oath, that they may have on the suitability or otherwise of the said nominee to be received on or before Monday 24th October 2016 at 5.00 pm,” it indicated.
He indicated that the vetting of Mwilu will take place the following day and requested her to bring along her references.
“The nominee should bring the originals of her identity card, academic, professional certificates , testimonials and letters of clearance from the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission, the Kenya Revenue Authority, the Higher Education Loans Board, the Criminal Investigation Department and any Credit Reference Bureaus,” he said.
If appointed, Mwilu will succeed retired justice Kalpana Rawal as the third Supreme Court Deputy Chief Justice.
During her interview, Mwilu said that the judiciary should come up with a model to supervise and mentor young judicial officers who suffer silently.
She said a number of judicial officers have a drinking problem, but little is done to help such people.
The judge said while working in Eldoret, she notice that a magistrate had reported to work at 2pm because he had taken too much alcohol.
Mwilu said if she becomes the DCJ, she will want to see judges and magistrates interacting often through the model she came up with in Eldoret.