Chief Justice Martha Koome on Friday, June 4 called upon President Uhuru Kenyatta to appoint the six judges he rejected.
In a statement seen by TV47 Digital, CJ Koome now says that President Uhuru’s move to appoint only 34 out of the 41 judges recommended to him by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) is a breach of the Constitution.
Koome says that the mandate of JSC is well spelt oput under Article 172 of the Constitution 2010. The law says that JSC’s role is to undertake recruitment through a competitive and transparent process and recommend to the President suitable persons for appointment as judges.
By rejecting some of the names forwarded to him by JSC, Koome says the move is tantamount to the President not respecting the rule of law and the independence of the Judiciary.
“We call upon the President to… appoint the remaining 6 judges because the Judiciary is still in fire need as the backlog of cases is increasing,” says the CJ who adds, “No person or authority is allowed to direct the JSC or the Judiciary in the execution of their mandate.”
President Uhuru on Thursday appointed only 34 out of the 41 judges recommended by the JSC more than two years ago.
Among those rejected were Justices Weldon Korir, Aggrey Muchelule, George Odunga, Prof. Joel Ngugi, Makori Evans Kiago and Judith Omange Cheruiyot.
One of the 41 judges had died before being appointed. Harrison Okeche succumbed to injuries after a road accident in Narok on October 2020.