I’m com­fort­able if I don’t se­cure Supreme Court job – Nam­buye

Says be­ing in­ter­viewed for Chief Jus­tice and Deputy Chief Jus­tice has helped clear the air on some is­sues that have sur­rounded her. She says she is em­bold­ened

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics - PETER NG’ETICH @pet­kich

Court of Ap­peal judge Rose­lyne Nam­buye yes­ter­day said she will still walk with her head held high, even if she is not se­lected to fill the po­si­tion of Supreme Court judge.

She was also in­ter­viewed for the Chief Jus­tice and Deputy Chief Jus­tice po­si­tions.

Mak­ing her re­marks after ap­pear­ing be­fore the Ju­di­cial Ser­vice Com­mis­sion for the third time, Nam­buye said the ses­sions helped her clear the air on some is­sues sur­round­ing her.

“I am sure I have been ab­solved by Wan­jiku on var­i­ous is­sues after ap­pear­ing be­fore you. I am ready to con­tinue with my du­ties at the Court of Ap­peal if I am not suc­cess­ful to fill the Supreme Court judge va­cancy,” she said.

The ap­pel­lant judge said the in­ter­views have em­bold­ened her and she is not wounded. Nam­buye said she is happy to have served the ju­di­ciary for the last 38 years, ris­ing to the rank of Court of Ap­peal judge.

She said she has used the po­si­tion to de­liver jus­tice for women and chil­dren in fam­ily dis­putes.

“No child should be des­ti­tute after a mat­ri­mo­nial dis­pute. Wid­ows have a right to the es­tates of their hus­bands and my po­si­tion has en­abled me to en­trench that us­ing the Con­sti­tu­tion,” Nam­buye said.

She said women’s rights are be­ing tram­pled and or­gan­i­sa­tions, such as churches and civil so­ci­ety should con­tinue ed­u­cat­ing them on their right­ful place in the so­ci­ety un­der the new Con­sti­tu­tion.

Nam­buye said given a chance to serve as the Supreme Court judge, she would launch a cen­sus to re­move dead files in the ju­di­cial sys­tem.

The judge, who is cur­rently based in Ny­eri, said she has re­alised that dur­ing court ses­sions some cases are called out but no par­ties ap­pear.

“Re­mov­ing such files from the sys­tem would go a long way in fast-track­ing jus­tice,” she said.

/JACK OWUOR

Jus­tice Rose­lyne Nam­buye is es­corted by ju­di­ciary reg­is­trar Anne Amadi after her in­ter­view for Supreme Court judge po­si­tion yes­ter­day

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