Martha Koome Nominated by JSC As Kenya’s Next Chief Justice
The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has picked Court of Appeal Judge Martha Koome as Kenya’s next Chief Justice.
The announcement was made on Tuesday, April 27, by JSC interviewing panel chairperson Olive Mugenda.
Addressing members of the press at the Supreme Court building, Mugenda said the nomination was unanimous.
If Koome’s name is approved by President Uhuru Kenyatta, she will become the first female Chief Justice and the third person to occupy the office under the 2010 Constitution.
She will replace David Kenani Maraga who retired in January this year.
She was among 10 candidates shortlisted for the position and interviewed.
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.
JSC went on with the recruitment process after the court of Appeal dismissed orders halting the exercise.
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