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
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.
Retired Justice Philip Tunoi
Justice Alnashir Visram