LONG ROAD TO FIND­ING THE NEXT CJ

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

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.

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