President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday, April 28 forwarded the name of Lady Justice Martha Koome to the National Assembly for vetting to the position of Chief Justice.
While communicating President Uhuru’s message to the House, National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi emphasised the need to prioritise vetting of the nominee, “because Judiciary is an important arm of government.”
“I wish to inform the House that today I received a message from His Excellency the President conveying the nomination of the Hon. Lady Justice Martha Karambu Koome, for appointment as the Chief Justice of Kenya…
“The President, therefore, seeks the approval of the National Assembly on the same nomination,” read Speaker Muturi.
Vetting of Justice Koome
The law requires National Assembly to take 28 days to vet the CJ nominee, with Speaker Muturi directing the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee to table their report on or before May 25.
The committee chairperson Muturi Kigano is expected to send a notice informing Kenyans of the vetting process, so that they can table a memoranda for or against.= Justice Koome.
She will also be expected to appear before the committee for vetting.
If approved, she will officially take over the reins at the Judiciary by May 25, 2021.