Martha Koome, Philip Murgor among 13 applicants for CJ post


Lady Justice Martha Koome and Senior Counsel Philip Murgor. PHOTOS | COURTESY
Lady Justice Martha Koome and Senior Counsel Philip Murgor. PHOTOS | COURTESY

In Summary

Applicants for Chief Justice
  • Prof Otinga Mare
  • Prof. Moni Wekesa
  • Justice William Ouko
  • Justice D.K. Marete
  • Alice Jepkoech Yano
  • Lady Justice Martha Koome
  • Justice Mathew N. Nduma
  • Ngatia Fredrick SC
  • Prof Patricia K. Mbote
  • Philip Kipchirchir Murgor
  • Said Juma Chitembwe
  • Otondi Ontweka
  • Ombongi Brian Matagaro

Lady Justice Martha Koome and Senior Counsel Philip Murgor are among 13 applicants for the position of the Chief Justice.

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) said on Wednesday that shortlisting and publicizing of the applicants list will be done within 14 days.

“Following the declaration of vacancy for the position of Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya on January 18, 2021 vide Gazette Notice No. 386, and the position of Judge of the Supreme Court of Kenya on February 21, 2020 vide Gazette Notice No. 1606, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) advertised the positions of the Chief Justice and the Judge of the Supreme Court on January 20, 2021,” JSC Secretary Anne Amadi said in a statement.

The Commission closed the submission of applications on February 9, 2021, at 5pm.

The other 11 applicants are Prof Otinga Mare; Prof. Dr. Dr. Moni Wekesa; Justice William Ouko; Justice D.K. Marete; Alice Jepkoech Yano; Justice Mathew N. Nduma; Senior Counsel Ngatia Fredrick; Prof Patricia K. Mbote; Said Juma Chitembwe; Otondi Ontweka and Ombongi Brian Matagaro.

For the tasks of heading the Judiciary; presiding over the Supreme Court; chairing the Judicial Service Commission and acting as the link between the Judiciary and other arms of the government, the successful candidate will earn between Ksh. 990,000 and 1,327,888.

People of questionable character, shaky integrity and those who do not meet the requirements of Chapter Six of the Kenyan law on leadership and integrity were advised against applying for the position.

Once interviewed, the JSC will forward the name of the successful candidate to parliament for vetting before the formal appointment by the Head of State.

The CJ’s office fell vacant following the retirement of Kenya’s 14th Chief Justice David Maraga.

Meanwhile, nine people have applied for the position of the Judge of the Supreme Court. They include:

  • Justice William Ouko
  • Justice D.K. Marete
  • Alice Jepkoech Yano
  • Lady Justice Martha Koome
  • Justice Joseph Sergon
  • Justice Mathew N. Nduma
  • Justice Kathurima M’Inoti
  • Dr. Justry P. Lumumba Nyaberi
  • Said Juma Chitembwe

The JSC said it is committed to upholding professionalism and integrity throughout the recruitment process.

Additional report by Tonny Ndung’u

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