In a Gazette notice dated May 13, 2021, President Kenyatta said, “In exercise of the powers conferred by Article 166 (1) of the Constitution, I, Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces, appoint Ouko William Okello to be judge of the Supreme Court of Kenya.”
The new appointee will replace Justice Jackton Ojwang who retired from the position in February 2020. Upon retirement, Ojwang was appointed by President Kenyatta to the Board of Directors of the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority(EPRA).
The 58-year-old was selected among seven interviewees; Justice Said Juma Chitembwe, Justice Marete Njagi, justice Matthews Nduma, lawyer Alice Yano, Justice Sergon Joseph Kiplagat and Dr. Nyaberi Lumumba.
Ouko’s Long Service
The judge has been serving as the President of the Court of Appeal since March 2018.
Born and raised in Siaya County, Ouko joined the judicial service in 1987. He has served in various positions including; Secretary to the JSC, High Court judge and Court of Appeal judge.
He holds a Master of Arts degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice (MACJ), Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) from the University of Nairobi and a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Kenya School of Law.