JSC set­tles on judge Lenaola for apex court

If ap­pointed, he will re­place re­tired Jus­tice Philip Tunoi in the Supreme Court

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

High Court judge Isaac Lenaola has been nom­i­nated for the po­si­tion of Supreme Court judge.

If ap­pointed, he will re­place re­tired Jus­tice Philip Tunoi. The Ju­di­cial Ser­vice Com­mis­sion set­tled on him af­ter in­ter­view­ing 21 ap­pli­cants. Lenaola has been the head of the Hu­man Rights Di­vi­sion at the High Court in Mil­i­mani, Nairobi.

“Af­ter de­lib­er­a­tions, JSC rec­om­mended Lenaola for the ap­point­ment as judge of the Supreme Court and has sub­mit­ted his name to the Pres­i­dent,” JSC chair­per­son Mar­garet Ko­bia said yes­ter­day in a state­ment.

Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta will for­ward his name to the Na­tional As­sem­bly for vet­ting, be­fore he is ap­pointed. The Supreme Court had been paral­ysed be­cause it lacked a quo­rum to han­dle cases af­ter three judges re­tired.

Dur­ing the in­ter­view, Lenaola said with his ex­pe­ri­ence at the East African Court, he will bring back the glory of the apex court. “The Supreme Court should be held in high re­gard. When the apex court speaks, Kenyans should lis­ten,” he said.

Lenaola said the court needs a trust­wor­thy per­son. He said his in­tegrity and mas­tery of the law will greatly help. He said his deep an­a­lyt­i­cal mind and youth­ful­ness will ben­e­fit the court. “I will be grate­ful to serve the court at this young age, as I will be able to pass my knowl­edge to younger gen­er­a­tions,” Lenaola said.

The judge said the court needs to in­vest in in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy to suc­ceed. Lenaola said IT can speed up pro­cesses and help re­solve prob­lems such as cor­rup­tion and case back­logs.

He is also the deputy prin­ci­pal judge of the East Africa Court of Jus­tice and a judge at the Resid­ual Spe­cial Court for Sierra Leone. He was ap­pointed in the Sierra Leone court by the United Na­tions.

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