MPs in late-night sit­ting to ap­prove or re­ject new CJ

Duale will ask the House to grant leg­is­la­tors three hours tonight to dis­cuss the re­port on the vet­ting of the Chief Jus­tice and vote on a ver­dict

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Parliament - OLIVER MA­THENGE @Oliv­erMa­thenge

The Na­tional Assem­bly will to­day sit late into the night to con­sider and pos­si­bly ap­prove the nom­i­na­tion of David Maraga as the next Chief Jus­tice.

Ma­jor­ity leader Aden Duale will this af­ter­noon seek the ap­proval of the House that the MPs sit for a max­i­mum of three hours to con­sider the nom­i­na­tion.

To­day is the last day with re­gard to the con­sti­tu­tional time­lines for ap­proval or re­jec­tion of the CJ nom­i­nee.

The Jus­tice and Legal Af­fairs Com­mit­tee is ex­pected to ta­ble its re­port in the af­ter­noon and give no­tice of the mo­tion for ap­proval.

How­ever, as per the Stand­ing Or­ders, one can­not give no­tice of a mo­tion and de­bate it the same day. To­day’s ses­sion will there­fore end at 6.30 pm as per the tra­di­tions of Par­lia­ment and a new ses­sion will start at 6:45 to al­low de­bate on the re­port and vot­ing.

If ap­proved by Par­lia­ment to­day, Maraga will be ap­pointed by Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta to take over from CJ Willy Mu­tunga, who re­tired on June 16.

There has been no ma­jor op­po­si­tion to Maraga’s nom­i­na­tion from ei­ther side of the po­lit­i­cal di­vide.

Maraga’s first task, if ap­pointed, will be to swear in the se­lec­tion panel that is to re­cruit the new IEBC com­mis­sion­ers. The panel can­not work until mem­bers are sworn in by the CJ.

/HEZRON NJOROGE

Chief Jus­tice nom­i­nee David Maraga ap­pears for vet­ting be­fore the Na­tional Assem­bly’s Jus­tice and Legal Af­fairs Com­mit­tee on Oc­to­ber 13

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