There were bet­ter can­di­dates for DCJ than Mwilu, says MP

Kan­dara’s Alice Wa­home says Mwilu has been bi­ased, dis­re­spect­ful and used bad lan­guage, es­pe­cially in women’s cases when she was a judge at the Court of Ap­peal

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - JOHN KA­MAU @ jaykayGm

An MP has ex­pressed dis­sat­is­fac­tion with the nom­i­na­tion of Jus­tice Philom­ena Mwilu as the next Deputy Chief Jus­tice.

Kan­dara law­maker Alice Wa­home said the Ju­di­cial Ser­vice Com­mis­sion failed by nom­i­nat­ing Mwilu to suc­ceed Jus­tice Kal­pana Rawal, say­ing there were more qual­i­fied can­di­dates.

She spoke at Ka­gira Sec­ondary School while hand­ing over a Sh500,000 CDF cheque for con­struc- tion of a mod­ern kitchen.

Wa­home said Mwilu should not have been nom­i­nated be­cause she has been bi­ased, dis­re­spect­ful and used bad lan­guage while serv­ing as a judge at the Court of Ap­peal, es­pe­cially in cases in­volv­ing women.

“I have at­tended her cases sev­er­ally and she used im­po­lite lan­guage and did not re­spect sub­or­di­nate staff. In my opin­ion, she is not fit for the job. From the in­ter­views con­ducted by the JSC, one can tell there were can­di­dates smarter than her,” she said.

Wa­home, a lawyer, said Mwilu could not have beaten the other can­di­dates. “Though we will know why she was se­lected, I wouldn’t have nom­i­nated her if I were on the in­ter­view­ing panel,” Wa­home said.

She said she will cham­pion other MPs to re­ject Mwilu’s nom­i­na­tion be­cause “there are bet­ter judges who can hold the po­si­tion and per­form well”.

“I will be the first to vote no be­cause I have seen how she han­dles women. She can­not be trusted to be fair, es­pe­cially for women as the con­sti­tu­tion re­quires,” Wa­home said.

She said she has no per­sonal con­flict with Mwilu, who has been de­scribed as com­pe­tent and a team player by her col­leagues.

/JOHN KA­MAU

Kan­dara MP Alice Wa­home at Ka­gira Sec­ondary School on Mon­day, where she handed over a Sh500,000 cheque for con­struc­tion of a kitchen

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