Senior Counsel Fred Ngatia has disputed the nomination of Lady Justice Martha Koome as the Chief Justice by the Judicial Service Commission(JSC), saying there was rigging.
SC Ngatia who was rumored to be among the front runners of the 10 candidates interviewed in the last two weeks by JSC claims he scored the highest.
“Four commissioners from Mt Kenya reduced my scores yesterday afternoon after they were called by powerful people,” Ngatia is quoted by the Business Daily as saying. “Without that intervention, I was far ahead of all the other candidates.”
Lawyer Ngatia represented President Kenyatta in the 2013 and 2017 election petitions. During the CJ interviews, he was questioned about his links to the Head of State.
“I am not ashamed for having acted (legally) for the President. I should not be judged and discriminated upon based on the nature of clients I represented in previous court cases,” Ngatia responded.
Koome’s nomination was announced by the JSC Interim Vice-Chair Prof Olive Mugenda on Tuesday. Her name has been subsequently submitted to President Uhuru Kenyatta for appointment.
Upon being questioned on whether JSC would reveal the scores of the ten candidates, Prof. Mugenda said that their work was only to nominate a candidate.
“Our duty was to select the best candidate and that’s what we have done,” she said.
Koome trounced the other candidates Justice Said Chitembwe, Prof Patricia Mbote, Justice Njagi Marete, lawyer Philip Murgor, Justice Nduma Nderi, Justice William Ouko, Prof Moni Wekesa and lawyer Alice Yano.