President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday submitted Lady Justice Martha Koome’s name to Parliament for approval as Chief Justice nominee following Judiciary Service Commission vetting.
He presented the certificate of presidential nomination, the judge’s CV, testimonials and recommendation of the Judicial Service Commission on the recruitment and selection process for the Chief Justice.
Speaker Justin Muturi informed members of parliament that the president has sought the approval of the National Assembly on the said nomination.
He directed the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee chaired by Kangema MP Muturi Kigano to conduct the vetting and report the findings to the House within 28 days.
Muturi asked the committee to notify the nominee and the general public – immediately – of the date and place of the approval hearings.
“The committee should thereafter commence the necessary approval hearings and submit a report on or before May 25 for debate and decision by the House.”
Muturi said that although the committee has 28 days to provide a report, the team was requested to consider the nomination on a priority basis.
“The committee is requested to consider the nomination on a priority basis,” he said.
According to the law, the President is to appoint the Chief Justice and deputy chief justice in accordance with the JSC recommendations and subject to the approval of the National Assembly.
Court of Appeal Judge Justice Martha Koome was on Tuesday poised to be the next Chief Justice after the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) unanimously nominated her to succeed David Maraga.
“After lengthy deliberations and careful considerations of the performance of the various candidates, the JSC has unanimously recommended the appointment of honourable Lady Justice Martha Koome, judge of the Court of Appeal as the Chief Justice of Kenya and has submitted her name to the President of Kenya for appointment,” Professor Mugenda said during a media briefing at Supreme Court buildings.
“Our duty was to select the best candidate and that’s what we have done,” Mugenda, who chaired the selection interviews, said on why the JSC will not release the scores for each candidate.
JSC did not disclose marks scored by Koome or the nine other candidates who were interviewed for the post.