CJ in­ter­views re­sume, Lucy Wanja to ap­pear be­fore panel

LSK pleased with process. Last CJ ap­pli­cant to be in­ter­viewed on Thurs­day, be­fore the panel breaks for two weeks. 16 can­di­dates lined up for po­si­tion of Deputy Chief Jus­tice

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics - SAM KIPLAGAT @skipla­gats

The in­ter­views for the va­cant po­si­tion of Chief Jus­tice re­sume this morn­ing, with Lucy Wanja, the se­cond woman ap­pli­cant, ap­pear­ing be­fore the JSC panel.

Wanja and jus­tice Rose­lyn Nam­buye are the only women out of the 13 ap­pli­cants who sought to re­place for­mer CJ Willy Mutunga.

The Ju­di­cial Ser­vice Com­mis­sion has in­ter­viewed 10 can­di­dates. Only one can­di­date, Paul Udoto, bowed out of the race be­cause he did not meet the min­i­mum qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

Law scholar Makau Mu­tua will ap­pear be­fore the panel on Wed­nes­day, while Supreme Court judge Jack­ton Ojwang will be the last can­di­date to be in­ter­viewed, on Thurs­day. The last seven can­di­dates had been locked out of the race but they were re­con­sid­ered, fol­low­ing a court or­der.

Those who have been in­ter­viewed in­clude High Court judge Msagah Mbogholi, Ap­peal judge Al­nashir Vis­ram, lawyer Nzamba Ki­tonga, Supreme Court judge Smokin Wan­jala, jus­tice David Maraga, for­mer anti-graft czar Aaron Ringera and lawyer Daniel Wam­bura.

The Law So­ci­ety of Kenya said it was im­pressed by the in­ter­views and will sup­port who­ever is picked to head the Ju­di­ciary. Speak­ing to the Star on the phone, LSK pres­i­dent Isaac Okero said the fact that the in­ter­views are be­ing con­ducted in the open give cre­dence to the ex­er­cise.

“The pro­ceed­ings have so far gone well and more can­di­dates are sched­uled for in­ter­view. We as LSK sup­port the process,” he said. Okero added it is pre­ma­ture to give a po­si­tion.

The JSC will take a break of about two weeks af­ter in­ter­view­ing Jus­tice Ojwang’, be­fore re­sum­ing in­ter­views for the po­si­tion of Deputy Chief Jus­tice.

Some 16 can­di­dates have been lined up for the in­ter­views. David Wai­higa is the only man on the list.

Un­like the in­ter­views for CJ, two can­di­dates will be in­ter­viewed each day for the po­si­tion of DCJ.

One will ap­pear in the morn­ing and the other in the af­ter­noon. High Court Judge Abida AliAroni will be the first to ap­pear be­fore the panel on Septem­ber 26

She will be fol­lowed by Court of Ap­peal judge Agnes Mur­gor in the af­ter­noon.

The Supreme Court is cur­rently paral­ysed. It lacks quo­rum af­ter three judges ex­ited in June. As com­posed, the court can only hear very ur­gent mat­ters that can be han­dled by a sin­gle judge.

/JACK OWUOR

Jus­tice Rose­lyn Nam­buye takes her seat be­fore the Ju­di­cial Ser­vice Com­mis­sion panel at the Supreme Court on Septem­ber 2

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