Msagha, Mur­gor skip in­ter­views for Supreme Court judge post

Ju­di­cial Ser­vice Com­mis­sion com­mu­ni­ca­tion of­fi­cer says the two chose not to ap­pear be­fore the panel be­cause they had been in­ter­viewed for CJ and DCJ po­si­tions

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In­ter­views to re­place Supreme Court judge Philip Tunoi started yes­ter­day, but can­di­dates who had been in­ter­viewed ear­lier for CJ and DCJ skipped the ses­sions.

Among those who did not show up were judges Mbogholi Msagha and Agnes Mur­gor. The only can­di­date who showed up was ap­pel­lant judge Al­nashir Vis­ram.

Tunoi re­tired in July un­der a cloud of a Sh200 mil­lion bribe al­le­ga­tion, which he de­nied. Msagha and Mur­gor are re­ported to have told the Ju­di­cial Ser­vice Com­mis­sion panel, headed by Prof Mar­garet Ko­bia, to use their pre­vi­ous re­sults.

JSC com­mu­ni­ca­tion of­fi­cer Mor­ton Saulo said the two had cho­sen not to be in­ter­viewed. Msagha was in­ter­viewed for Chief Jus­tice and Mur­gor for Deputy Chief Jus­tice.

Twenty-one can­di­dates have been short­listed to fill the po­si­tion. Among the fresh can­di­dates are Court of Ap­peal judge Eras­tus Githinji, High Court judges Isaac Le­naola, Joseph Ser­gon and Luka Ki­maru. Oth­ers are David Wai­higa, John Che­bii and Kibaya Laibuta.

Those pre­vi­ously in­ter­viewed for CJ and DCJ po­si­tions are ap­pel­lant judges Rose­lyne Nam­buye, Fa­tuma Sichale, Martha Koome, Wan­jiru Karanja, Philom­ena Mwilu and lawyer Joyce Ma­jiwa.

Last week, High Court judge Pauline Nyamweya, based in Machakos, pulled out of the DCJ and the Supreme Court judge in­ter­views.

She said she comes from the same re­gion as CJ nom­i­nee David Maraga and if suc­cess­ful, this would cre­ate a constitutional cri­sis. Vis­ram said ju­di­ciary needs to safe­guard its in­de­pen­dence.

“As the third arm of the gov­ern­ment, the ju­di­ciary should not work in iso­la­tion as it needs to en­gage other arms of gov­ern­ment to de­velop the coun­try,” he said.

/JACK OWUOR

Re­tired Jus­tice Philip Tunoi

/JACK OWUOR

Jus­tice Al­nashir Vis­ram

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