Envoys ask Uhuru to appoint judge
Three Western diplomats want President Uhuru Kenyatta to appoint the 41 judges proposed by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), who have not been able to assume office since July 2019.
In an op-ed, British High Commissioner Jane Marriott, US Ambassador Kyle McCarter, and EU Ambassador Simon Mordue said: “Resolve the delay in the appointment of judges to vacant positions. Where there are substantial allegations of corruption, these should be swiftly and transparently addressed, while not delaying the appointment of other judges.”
President Kenyatta has refused to appoint the judges to the Court of Appeal, the Environment and Land Court and the Employment and Labour Relations Court, saying some of them have integrity issues.
Citing two court rulings directing the President to appoint the judges, Chief Justice David Maraga last month appealed to him: As your Excellency has pledged in the past, you respect the rule of law. I urge you to now demonstrate that faith by complying with those two court orders. In doing so, you will alleviate much suffering for Kenyans seeking justice in our courts.”
But the next day, Attorney-General Kihara Kariuki, who also sits on the JSC, responded: “His Excellency the President will not abdicate his role as Head of State and government to appoint persons with a questionable record to serve the nation in the solemn role of judge.”READ MORE