JSC picks Martha Koome for appointment as Chief Justice


JSC picks Martha Koome for appointment as Chief Justice
Court of Appeal judge Martha Koome appearing before the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to interview for the Chief Justice position on April 24, 2021 PHOTO| COURTESY

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has nominated Court of Appeal judge lady justice Martha Koome Karabu for appointment as Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya.

In a press briefing on Tuesday evening, JSC Vice Chairperson Prof. Olive Mugenda said the commission had unanimously selected Martha Koome and forwarded her name to President Uhuru Kenyatta for appointment to succeed retired Chief Justice David Maraga.

“After lengthy deliberations and careful consideration of the performance of various candidates the JSC has unanimously recommended the appointment of Hon Koome Martha Karabu as the Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya and has submitted her name to the President for appointment,” read the statement.

She is set to be the first female Chief Justice in the country.

Martha Koome, who has an estimated 33 years in the legal profession, was among 10 candidates who were interviewed for the position of Chief Justice.

This was the second time Lady Justice Martha Koome was making a stab at the position of Chief Justice.

She is currently based in Nairobi but has served in Nyeri and Malindi. Koome joined the Judiciary in 2003, prior to which she was a human rights defender.

Following her selection by JSC, President Uhuru Kenyatta will submit her name for vetting by the Parliamentary Justice and Legal Affairs Committee.

The National Assembly will then consider the committee’s vetting report and once they approve it, President Kenyatta will officially appoint her Chief Justice.

The other candidates who interviewed for the position included Justice Said Juma Chitembwe, Prof. Patricia Mbote, Philip Murgor, Lawyer Fredrick Ngatia, Justice Marete Njagi, Justice Matthews Nduma Nderi, Justice William Ouko, Prof. Moni Wekesa and Ms. Alice Yano.

Meanwhile, the JSC rescheduled the interviews for the judge of Supreme Court to start on May 3, 2021.

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