, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 10 – The Law Society of Kenya male representative at the Judicial Service Commission Macharia Njeru has committed to work with integrity following his victory in Thursday’s poll.
The former Independent Policing Oversight Authority chairperson garnered 2,738 votes beating his closest rival Prof Tom Ojienda who managed 2,545 votes.
Among his promises include working towards having a first-class Judiciary, timely adjudication of cases, independence of the Judiciary, transparency and a well funded Judiciary.
The Managing Partner at Macharia Mwangi and Njeru Advocates will serve as a commissioner for 5 years.
“I accept this win with humility and promise to serve all lawyers with diligence, respect and accountability. I will work with the society to restore the dignity and respect to our profession,” Njeru said.
He will assume the position at a time when the Judiciary is facing pertinent integrity issues , with a section Judges and magistrates on the spot.
On Thursday, the Judicial Service Commission approved three petitions against Justices Njagi Marete, Martin Muya and Lucy Waithera, invoking Article 168 (1) of the Constitution requiring President Uhuru Kenyatta to form tribunals to investigate the conduct of the judges.
Petitions against five other judges were dismissed with the one against Justice Farah Amin being heard by a JSC committee in part.
The petition against Justice Richard Mwongo has since been concluded awaiting determination by the JSC.
Ten other petitions against supreme court judges have been earmarked for hearing between June 10 and 15 before two JSC committees.
JSC said it will fix dates for oral submissions with regard to four petitions filed against Supreme Court judges.