13 Apply For Chief Justice Post As Supreme Court Judges Steer Clear

February 11, 2021

The race to succeed retired Chief Justice David Maraga has attracted 13 applicants, with all members of the Supreme Court bench steering clear in a surprising turn of events at the corridors of justice.

Judicial Service Commission Wednesday evening released the list of applicants looking to fill the office of the Chief Justice among them Lady Justice Martha Koome, former Director of Public Prosecutions Philip Murgor, and renowned city lawyer Senior Counsel Fredrick Ngatia, who represented President Kenyatta in the 2017 presidential petition.

Also Read: Philip Murgor – Why I Would Make A Better Chief Justice Than Maraga

Acting Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu also kept off the ongoing process that will see the Judicial Commission shortlist and publicize the list within 14 days.

The Chief Justice candidates are:

  1. Prof Otinga Mare
  2. Prof. Dr. Moni Wekesa
  3. Hon. Mr Justice William Ouko
  4. Hon. Mr. Justice D.K. Marete
  5. Alice Jepkoech Yano
  6.  Hon. Lady Justice Martha Koome
  7. Hon. Mr. Justice Mathew N. Nduma
  8. Ngatia Fredrick SC
  9. Prof Patricia K. Mbote
  10. Philip Kipchirchir Murgor
  11. Said Juma Chitembwe
  12. Otondi Ontweka
  13. Ombongi Brian Matagaro

The commission secretary Anne Amadi further disclosed that the commission has received nine applications for the position of the Judge of the Supreme Court.

They are:

  1. Hon. Mr Justice William Ouko
  2. Hon. Mr. Justice D.K. Marete
  3. Alice Jepkoech Yano
  4. Hon. Lady Justice Martha Koome
  5. Hon. Mr. Justice Joseph Sergon
  6. Hon. Mr. Justice Mathew N. Nduma
  7. Hon. Mr. Justice Kathurima M’Inoti
  8. Dr. Justry P. Lumumba Nyaberi
  9. Hon Said Juma Chitembwe

The JSC said it is committed to upholding professionalism and integrity throughout the recruitment process.

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