Martha Koome Makes Chief Justice History

This was after the JSC finalised the process of evaluating candidates who interviewed for the position of Chief Justice.

Martha Koome Makes Chief Justice History

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has recommended Lady Justice Martha Koome to be the new Chief Justice of Kenya.

This was after the JSC finalised the process of evaluating candidates who interviewed for the position of Chief Justice.

Her name will be sent to President Uhuru Kenyatta for formal appointment.

The move came hours after The Court of Appeal overturned an earlier judgment made by the High Court which barred the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) from scoring candidates interviewed for the Chief Justice position.

The High Court ruling was stayed, which gave the green light for the judges' employer powers to select a nominee for the Chief Justice position.

"The Commission wishes to thank Hon Martha Koome for becoming the first lady Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya,” said Prof Mugenda during the JSC press briefing held on Tuesday, April 27.

"Our duty was to select the best candidate and that’s what we have done,” she added when journalists asked why the commission did not release each candidate’s scores in the interviews.

Law professor Prof. Makau Mutua and Katiba Institute had rushed to the High Court seeking orders to compel JSC to publish scores by each candidate interviewed for the CJ post.

Koome is also on the verge of becoming the first woman in the country to be appointed Chief Justice. This is her second attempt to land the role.

She has 33 years of experience in legal practice and landed among 10 shortlisted candidates for the extensive two-week interview for the position of Kenya's Chief Justice. 

During her interview, Koome vowed that she would do the job diligently if she was accorded the opportunity to be Kenya's next Chief Justice.

"Whatever work God puts in my hands, I do it with passion and I remove all my arsenals to do that job and achieve what it is that I need to achieve," she stated.

The commission had interviewed 10 candidates including; Justice Said Juma Chitembwe, Prof. Patricia Mbote, Lady Justice Martha Koome, Justice Marete Njagi, lawyer Philip Murgor, Lawyer Fredrick Ngatia, Justice Matthews Nduma, Justice William Ouko, Prof. Moni Wekesa and lawyer Alice Yano.

The interviews began months after Chief Justice David Maraga retired having served for four years.