Supreme Court to sit on Mon­day af­ter five months

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

The Supreme Court will sit on Mon­day, five months af­ter for­mer Chief Jus­tice Willy Mu­tunga re­tired.

The court had been paral­ysed as it was not prop­erly con­sti­tuted, fol­low­ing the re­tire­ment on June 16, fol­lowed by the re­tire­ment of for­mer Deputy Chief Jus­tice Kal­pana Rawal and judge Philip Tunoi.

The court is made up of seven judges and the CJ is the pres­i­dent of the court. It is prop­erly con­sti­tuted for pur­poses of its pro­ceed­ings when it has five judges. But af­ter the three re­tired, only four were left— judges Ibrahim Mo­hamed, Jack­tone Ojwang, Smokin Wan­jala and Njoki Ndung’u.

The three judges have been re­placed by new CJ David Maraga, DCJ Philom­ena Mwilu and jus­tice Isaac Le­naola. The three were in­ter­viewed by the Ju­di­cial Ser­vice Com­mis­sion be­tween Au­gust and Oc­to­ber and their names for­warded to Pres­i­dent Uhuru for ap­point­ment.

The Supreme Court is the high­est court in the coun­try. It mainly han­dles the elec­tion pe­ti­tion of a pres­i­dent in case there is a dis­pute.

Its de­ci­sions are bind­ing and set prece­dent on all other courts in the coun­try.

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