Aroni to start off in­ter­view for deputy chief jus­tice as 16 line up to face JSC panel

Eleven of them are sit­ting judges, while two men have sought to be­come the sec­ond in com­mand at the ju­di­ciary — David Wai­higa, Isaac Ruten­berg

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

Some 16 can­di­dates will bat­tle it out for the job of deputy Chief Jus­tice, with in­ter­views start­ing next week.

Eleven of the can­di­dates are sit­ting judges, while two men have sought to be­come the sec­ond in com­mand at the ju­di­ciary. They are David Wai­higa and Isaac Ruten­berg.The re­main­ing three are also not sit­ting judges.

Both failed to make it for the short­list but were handed a chance by a court or­der. Ju­di­ciary com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor Naim Bi­lal said the Ju­di­cial Ser­vice Com­mis­sion is likely to an­nounce the suc­cess­ful can­di­date for the CJ po­si­tion on Fri­day.

The com­mis­sion will there­after em­bark on the in­ter­views for the DCJ, fol­lowed by in­ter­views for a Supreme Court judge. The first to ap­pear be­fore the JSC panel will be High Court judge Abida Ali-Aroni fol­lowed by Court of Ap­peal judge Agnes Mur­gor.

On Tues­day, the panel will in­ter­view Fa­tuma Sichale and Han­nah Ok­wengu, both judges of the Court of Ap­peal.

Joyce Ma­jiwa and Ly­dia Achode will fol­low on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day will be the turn of Martha Koome and Pamela Tu­tui.

Jus­tice Aroni went into pri­vate prac­tice after be­ing ad­mit­ted as an ad­vo­cate in 1986 and later served as a com­mis­sioner and vice chair­per­son of the Con­sti­tu­tion of Kenya Re­view Com­mis­sion.

She was ap­pointed High Court judge in 2009. In 2013, the Judges and Mag­is­trates Vet­ting Board found her un­suit- able to con­tinue serv­ing, but she got her job back after fil­ing a re­view.

Jus­tice Rose­lyn Nam­buye will have a sec­ond bite after mak­ing it to the Chief Jus­tice short­list. The Court of Ap­peal judge was among 23 judges af­fected by the ju­di­ciary purge in 2003, fol­low­ing a re­port by Jus­tice Aaron Ringera.

She chal­lenged her re­moval but be­fore the case was heard, Pres­i­dent Mwai Kibaki re­moved her name from the list of sus­pended judges. Nam­buye re­sumed duty and was ap­pointed head of the Fam­ily divi­sion of the High Court. She was elevated to the Court of Ap­peal. Jus­tice Achode is a former High Court Registrar (now the ti­tle is ju­di­ciary chief registrar) and was ap­pointed High Court judge in 2011, while jus­tice Karanja has risen from a mag­is­trate to her cur­rent po­si­tion on the Court of Ap­peal.

/PHILIP KAMAKYA

Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee of Kenya of­fi­cials Fri­dah Bilha Mul­waale, Pius Ochieng, Fran­cis Kany­ili and Paul Stephen Soi at the Mil­i­mani law courts yes­ter­day

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