LONG ROAD TO FINDING THE NEXT CJ
Immediate former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga took an early retirement on June 16 at the age of 69, prompting the search for a new CJ and President of the Supreme Court. Justice Mohamed Ibrahim took over as acting CJ and President of the Supreme Court. Thereafter, a vacancy was announced and qualified judges asked to apply. Fourteen candidates applied for the position in July and later in the same month six were shortlisted for the interview. They are justices Maraga, Alnashir Visram, Mbogholi Msagha, Nzamba Kitonga, Roselyne Nambuye and Smokin Wanjala. But following a petition to compel JSC to provide the criteria used on shortlisting applicants, the High Court later allowed those who did not make the shortlist to be interviewed. The interviews began on August 29. It was speculated that either Visram or Maraga would be nominated CJ. The name has been forwarded to the President. It will be forwarded to Parliament for debate. If Parliament accepts it, the President will appoint him and he’ll be sworn in as CJ. If Parliament rejects it, JSC will have to select another person and forward the name again.