CJ Martha Koome Gets Tougher, Rebukes Uhuru Over Refusal to Appoint 6 Judges

Chief Justice Martha Koome has insisted that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s refusal to appoint six of the 40 judges who had been picked by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) for appointment was illegal.

Speaking during the swearing-in ceremony of the new Court of Appeal president Daniel Musinga, Koome reiterated that the President must appoint the six.

While welcoming the seven judges who were elevated to the Appellate Court, the head of Judiciary regretted that the President declined to appoint four others.

“As we welcome our seven new justices at the court of appeal, this is a bitter sweet moment for the 4 colleagues not with us.

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“I reiterate my position as CJ and Chair of JSC to state that all persons recommended by JSC must be appointed as judges,” she said.

She sounded to suggest that the Head of State should refrain from selectively obeying the law.

Following the appointment of the 34 judges on 3rd June, Koome has come under fire for being “too soft” on the Executive.

In her earlier statement, she asked the President to appoint the six justices, but added that she has not role in the process.

Critics have also questioned why she is yet to read the riot to the President after he attacked the Judiciary for making “irrational” rulings against the government.

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