Uhuru Rejects Six Judges, Appoints 34

The court of appeal judges who have been appointed include; Mbogholi Msagha, Omondi Hellen, Ngugi Grace, Francis Tuiyott, Pauline Nyaboke, Jessie Lesit and Kibaya Laibuta.

Uhuru Rejects Six Judges, Appoints 34

President Uhuru Kenyatta has finally caved into pressure and appointed 34 judges that had been recommended for appointment by the Judicial Service Commission.

In a special gazette notice issued on Thursday, June 3, the president appointed seven court of appeal judges, 9 judges in the employment and labor relations court and 18 in the environment and land court.

The court of appeal judges who have been appointed include; Mbogholi Msagha, Omondi Hellen, Ngugi Grace, Francis Tuiyott, Pauline Nyaboke, Jessie Lesit and Kibaya Laibuta.

William Ouko being sworn in as Supreme Court of Kenya judge on May 14, 2021. /PSCU

The nine judges appointed by the president in the Employment and Labour Relations Court are; Baari Christine Noontatua, Gakeri Jacob Kariuki, Keli Jemima Wanza, Mwaure Ann Ngibuini, Matanga Bernard Odongo Manani, Rutto Stella Chemtai, Kebira Ocharo, Kitiku Agnes Mueni-Nzei, and Nderitu David Njagi

Judges appointed in the environment and land court include; Mboya Oguttu Joseph, Naikuni Lucas Leperes, Mwanyale Michael Ngolo, Addraya Edda Dena, Kimani Lilian Gathoni, Kamau Joseph Mugo, Wabwoto Karoph Edward, and Koross Anne Yatich Kipingor.

Others are; Gicheru Maxwell Nduiga, Mogeni Ann Jacqueline Akhalemesi, Ongarora Fred Nyagaka, Christopher Kyania Nzili, Mugo David Mwangi, Omollo Lynette Achieng’, Washe Emmanuel Mutwana, Nyukuri Annet, Murigi Theresa Wairimu, and Asati Esther. 

He, however, turned down six judges that had also been recommended for the Court of Appeal including; Aggrey Muchelule, George Odunga, Weldon Korir and Prof Joel Ngugi. Odunga and Ngugi were amongst the judges who famously declared the BBI bill null and void.

The appointment by the president came just weeks after Chief Justice Martha Koome was sworn in to office.

Before his retirement, Chief Justice David Maraga had on a number of occasions loudly called for the president to appoint the 41 judges for the judiciary to run effectively.

"The laws of this country includes valid court orders. It, therefore, beholds you to appoint the 41 judges recommended for appointment by the JSC. I urge you to respect the rule of law by compiling with two court orders," the CJ addressed the president.

Lady Justice Martha Koome was sworn in as Kenya's 15th Chief Justice on May 21, 2021. /FILE