The Hot seat! Kenya’s search for chief justice enters day two

The search for the president of the supreme court in Kenya has today entered it’s second day. The exercise commenced early yesterday with the aim of finding a perfect replacement for the former chief Justice David Maraga who retired early this year. Prof Patrician Kameri Mbote seats the hot seat today as she eyes the presidency of the judiciary.

It is conducted by all the ten judicial commissioners, among them; philomena Mwilu, deputy chief justice (supreme court), Justice mohammed warsame of the court of appeal, Justice David majanja of the high court, Ms Olwanda of the chief magistrates court, Prof.Olive Mugenda as the public representative, Justice Macharia Njerunof the Law society of Kenya, Ms Ann Amandi Judiciary registrar, Mr. Kihara Kariuki the Attorney general, Patrick Gachohi of the public service commission and Mr Felix Koskei as a public representative.

All the ten are involved in the selection as professor Olive Mugenda chairs the panel that will come up with the name of the best selection which will then be forwarded to the parliament for vetting. If aprliament approves the name, it will then be submitted to president Uhuru Kenyatta for appointment. The appointee will then be sworn in as the next chief Justice of Kenya.

The Judicial Service Commission will also be hiring a judge of the supreme court to replace Justice Jackson Ojwang who retired last year.

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