MPs Approve Martha Koome’s Nomination As Chief Justice

Chief Justice Nominee Justice Martha Koome appearing before the Justice and Legal Affairs committee in Nairobi. [Photo/Courtesy]

The National Assembly has approved the nomination of Martha Koome as Kenya’s Chief Justice.

This is following a recommendation by the House’s Justice and Legal Affairs Committee.

The Court of Appeal judge was vetted by the committee chaired by Kangema Member of Parliament Muturi Kigano last week.

MPs considered the committee’s report on Wednesday in a special sitting convened by Speaker Justin Muturi.

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Following Koome’s approval, the House will now forward her name to President Uhuru Kenyatta for appointment and swearing-in.

She will become the 15th Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya, the first woman to occupy the office.

While appearing before JLAC, Martha Koome was put to task to answer to an affidavit by Law Society of Kenya (LSK) President Nelson Havi where he suggested in a memorandum that she was not suitable to succeed Justice David Maraga.

She defended herself vowing to ensure the Judiciary is not influenced by either the Executive or the Legislature in discharging its duties.

“In service delivery, we require the support of Parliament for allocation of resources to the Judiciary and the Executive for enforcing and implementing some of our decisions,” she told the committee.

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Koome, who boasts of 33 years of experience in legal practice, was nominated for the position of Chief Justice by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) last month.

She was among 10 candidates shortlisted and interviewed for the position of CJ by JSC.

The nine contestants she faced off against are Said Chitembwe, Prof Patricia Mbote, Justice Marete Njagi, Senior Counsel Philip Murgor, Justice Nduma Nderi, Fred Ngatia, Justice William Ouko, Dr Wekesa Moni and Alice Yano.

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Written by Wycliffe Nyamasege


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