NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 10 – Two top judges have opted out of the interviews for the position of Supreme Court Judge that are being undertaken by the Judicial Service Commission.
They include Appeal Court Judge Agnes Murgor and Mbogholi Msagha of the High Court who have asked the Judicial Service Commission to use results of previous interviews to determine their suitability.
Msagha was interviewed for the position of Chief Justice but was not successful, while Murgor was interviewed for the Deputy Chief Justice’s position whose results are not yet out.
“Yes, it is true that Murgor has chosen not to be interviewed. She has however asked the panel to use the results of her interview for the Deputy Chief Justice post to determine her suitability,” Morton Saulo a communications officer at the Judiciary told Capital FM News.
She was listed as the second candidate to be interviewed Monday morning after Appellate Judge Alnashir Visram.
Appearing before the panel, Visram stated that the death penalty is neither mandatory nor is it appropriate.
He further indicated that the Supreme Court should have a maximum of 11 judges and a minimum of nine as it has a role to play for the country to achieve its social and political agenda.
“The Supreme Court has a role to play for the country to achieve its agendas be it social or political by encouraging the use of mediation. The Supreme Court has to interpret the Constitution in a progressive way,” he said.
He pointed out that the greatest challenge in the Judiciary is unity and if considered for the post, he will ensure there is cohesion among all the judiciary officers.
“Judiciary need to safe guard it independence when handling political matters. Judicial independence should not be taken as judicial isolation but it will engage other arms of the government,” he further stated.