Uhuru appoints 34 judges, rejects six justices

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Friday June 04 2021

Weldon Korir Aggrey Muchelule

From left: Justices George Odunga, Joel Ngugi, Weldon Korir and Aggrey Muchelule. FILE PHOTOS | NMG

President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed 34 judges, leaving out six amongst them justices Joel Ngugi and George Odunga who sat on a bench that declared the frenzy to amend the Structure throughout the Constructing Bridges Initiative (BBI) unconstitutional.

Others ignored are Excessive Court judges Weldon Korir and Aggrey Muchelule.

The switch is probably to spark a row wherein the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) and activists enjoy maintained that the President’s feature is minimal, that of confirming the checklist as forwarded by the Commission.

The judges who had been appointed are long-serving retract Msagha Mbogholi and his Excessive Court colleagues Hellen Omondi, Francis Tuiyott, Jessie Lesiit, Mumbi Ngugi and Pauline Nyamweya. Additionally appointed legislation scholar Dr Imanata Laibuta.

The President also appointed 9 judges to the Employment and Labour Household Court and each other 18 to the Atmosphere and Land Court, leaving out two judges.

These appointed to the Employment and Labour Household Court are Baari Christine Noontatua, Gakeri Jacob Kariuki, Keli Jemima Wanza, Mwaure Ann Ngibuini, Matanga Bernard Odongo Manani, Rutto Stella Chemtai, Kebira Ocharo, Kitiku Agnes Mueni-Nzei and Nderitu David Njagi.

These appointed to the Atmosphere and Land Court are Mboya Oguttu Joseph, Naikuni Lucas Leperes, Mwanyale Michael Ngolo, Addraya Edda Dena, Kimani Lilian Gathoni, Kamau Joseph Mugo, Wabwoto Karoph Edward, Koross Anne Yatich Kipingor and Gicheru Maxwell Nduiga. Others are Mogeni Ann Jacqueline Akhalemesi, Ongarora Fred Nyagaka, Christopher Kyania Nzili, Mugo David Mwangi, Omollo Lynette Achieng’, Washe Emmanuel Mutwana, Nyukuri Annet, Murigi Theresa Wairimu and Asati Esther.

Whereas rejecting the checklist in 2019, President Kenyatta cited integrity points amongst some judges.

The commission accomplished the recruitment of the judges between July and August 2019 and forwarded the checklist to President Kenyatta for appointment.

The checklist integrated 11 judges destined for the Court of Charm, 20 judges to the Atmosphere and Land Court and 10 judges to the Employment and Labour Household Court.

Loads of petitions

One among the judges, Harrison Okeche, died in a avenue accident final year. Loads of petitions had been filed in a reveal to compel President Kenyatta to nominate the judges. 

Among the petitioners had been Adrian Kamotho and Okiya Omtatah who argued that the President’s failure to nominate the judges as in actual fact useful by JSC, modified into a conspiracy to sabotage and frustrate the Judiciary in executing its constitutional mandate.

In rejecting the checklist, President Kenyatta throughout the Head of Civil Service Joseph Kinyua, acknowledged doubtless the most most judges had integrity points.

Chief Registrar of Judiciary Anne Amadi admitted receiving a letter from the National Intelligence Service (NIS), elevating issues in regards to the suitability of doubtless the most most persons shortlisted for interviews.

She, on the bogus hand, acknowledged the NIS didn’t give essential aspects of the troubles and, on account of this truth, the JSC could well presumably well no longer act on the letter without essential aspects which could well presumably well enjoy enabled these adversely talked about to answer.

Just commission

She faulted President Kenyatta announcing he has several representatives within the JSC including Attorney Celebrated Kihara Kariuki, Olive Mugenda, Felix Kosgei and a nominee of the Public Service Commission who took section within the interviews.

She acknowledged the JSC is an self reliant constitutional Commission that is subject most attractive to the Structure and the legislation, and no longer subject to direction or alter of any individual or authority.

Gentle Chief Justice David Maraga tried in vain to enjoy the President appoint the judges.

“The Structure, because the two multi-retract Court conditions held, requires you to nominate Judges in actual fact useful to you by the JSC which you enjoy got refused to plot. The laws of this country encompass qualified court docket orders. It, on account of this truth, behoves you to nominate the 41 persons in actual fact useful for appointment by the JSC as ordered by the Court without any further prolong,” Mr Maraga acknowledged in a press convention.

Justice Maraga argued that if the Executive’s allegations had been correct, these persons ought to no longer, then, be serving as judges.

“Nonetheless, no proof whatsoever modified into availed to the JSC each for the length of the interviewing direction of and after,” he acknowledged.


Mr Kinyua told the court docket that the President had got detrimental experiences in respect of doubtless the most most persons in actual fact useful for appointment as Judges after their names had been printed within the media.

He acknowledged that it could per chance presumably well be irresponsible and opposite to his oath of location of job, for the President to nominate Judges or some other public or Divulge officer to location of job, where excessive questions enjoy been raised about their integrity.

He went on to advise the allegations had been more excessive for judges who web pleasure from security of tenure and whose probity and integrity ought to be above reproach.

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