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Top 10 News in Brief: It’s All About Madam CJ Designate Martha Koome, The History Maker

by Robert Mwangi
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As you start your day, you need to power your mind with some relevant and useful information.

We have picked for you the Top 10 stories making the headlines on this day, 28th April 2021.

Martha Koome It is For CJ

The search for the country’s 15th Chief Justice came to a close yesterday, 27th April, after the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) selected Lady Justice Martha Koome to succeed David Maraga as the top judge.

JSC chairperson Prof Olive Mugenda announced at a press conference in Nairobi that all the commissioners had unanimously settled on the Court of Appeal judge to become the next sheriff of the Judiciary.

After her name is forwarded to the President, she will then be vetted by Parliament before assuming the role of the Chief Justice.

History Made as Martha Koome Picked For CJ Post

Court of Appeal Judge Martha Koome has become a woman of firsts after the Judicial Service recommended her to President Uhuru Kenyatta for the position of Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya.

If the Head of State accepts her nomination, she will become the first woman to head the Judiciary.

Also, this will be the first time any of the three arms of the government will be headed by a woman.

Determined, Courageous and Bold, That’s Martha Koome

Born in Meru in a polygamous family of 18 children, Chief Justice nominee Martha Koome is a product of hard work, determination, courage, and boldness.

After competing her secondary education at Mugoiri Girls in Murang’a, Koome joined the University of Nairobi’s law faculty. She graduated in 1986 and thereafter joined the Kenya School of Law for the mandatory post-graduate diploma.

In 1988, she was employed as an associate by the Mathenge and Muchemi Advocates before starting her own law firm five years later.

In 2003, her experience in the legal field made retired President Mwai Kibaki appoint her as a High Court judge, a position she held until 2012, when she was promoted to the Court of Appeal. And now, she is one step away from becoming the next Chief Justice.

Martha Koome, The Human Rights’ Defender

In her 33 years of legal practice, Lady Justice Martha Koome has been a human rights defender and activist, especially on matters touching women and children.

In past interviews, she confessed that children are vulnerable due to their age, noting that when they are in conflict with the law, it is because of the failure of the system.

Koome was last year named the United Nations Person of the Year because of her efforts to fight for the rights of minors.

Petitioners Want JSC Want JSC to Make Public Scores For All Candidates

Katiba Institute and America-based Kenyan lawyer Prof Makau Mutua have moved to the High Court, seeking to have the scores for the 10 candidates who had been shortlisted for the Chief Justice position made public by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).

The petitioners noted that showing the results would make the process more transparent, with Mutua noting that he was interviewed for the same position in 2016, and to date, he has never received his score.

But JSC chairperson Olive Mugenda, while confirming the nomination of Lady Justice Martha Koome said the duty of the commission was to pick the best candidate and not concentrating on individual scores.

End of Manual Land Transactions as Uhuru Unveils Digital Platform

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday, 27th April, unveiled, Ardhisasa, a digital land information management system, marking the end of manual land transactions in Nairobi.

The new system was developed by a team of Kenyan techies over a three-year period and is designed to enhance the security of land records, speed up land transactions and curb fraud.

Speaking when he launched the new system at the National Geospatial Data Centre in Nairobi, President Kenyatta told Kenyans that the digital platform would protect them from exploitation by cartels, middlemen and fraudsters.

MPs Convene For Special Sitting to Debate BBI Bill

The National Assembly will from this morning hold a two-day special sitting to discuss a report by the the Joint Committee of Parliament that was selected to consider the Building Bridges Initiative-backed (BBI) Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020.

Considering that majority of the members in the committee have signed a report indicating that sections of the BBI report are unconstitutional, a standoff is expected in the House.

In a statement yesterday, ‘Handshake’ co-principal Raila Odinga’s ODM party told its MPs to reject the committee’s report, adding that the BBI Bill should be passed without any amendments.

MPs allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta have also vowed to shoot down the report, although Deputy President William Ruto’s foot soldiers in Parliament are in support of it.

UDA to Charge For Registration and Nomination Fees

Deputy President William Ruto-linked United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party has said members who want to participate in its June elections to pick officials will have to pay some fees.

UDA Secretary-General Veronica Maina said an MCA aspirant will pay Ksh2,000 and an individual eyeing a position in the National Assembly will have to part with Ksh5,000 while a person who wants to become a governor or join the Senate will be charged Ksh10,000. For a presidential contestant, he/she will pay Ksh100,000.

Maina clarified that the above is registration fee and not nomination fee.

Wajir Governor Impeached

The fate of Wajir Governor Mohamed Abdi Muhamud now lies with the Senate after the county assembly impeached him.

Thirty-seven MCAs endorsed the impeachment motion while seven voted against it.

The ward representatives are accusing the county boss of gross misconduct, abuse of office and financial impropriety.

Missing Men Ate Life With a Big Spoon

Relatives of the four men who mysteriously disappeared on 19th April after having lunch at a popular club in Kitengela Township on Nairobi’s southeastern outskirts, have denied that their kin were criminals.

On the contrary, police records show that the four, who were in the car hire business, have several criminal cases in court, including robbery with violence.

However, the family members admitted that the missing quartet lived large and enjoyed the finer things in life among them high-end cars, beautiful women and alcohol.

Until now, detectives are yet to establish their whereabouts.

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