Uhuru witnesses swearing-in of 11 High Court judges


President Uhuru Kenyatta Tuesday witnessed the swearing-in of 11 new High Court judges at State House, Nairobi.

The President also said that the process of appointing 14 other judges who were recommended is ongoing.

“The process of appointing the additional judges recommended by the Judicial Service Commission is in progress and consultations between my office and the Chief Justice Willy Mutunga as the chairperson of the JSC are in progress,” he said.

Speaking after the first swearing-in ceremony of judges since he took office, the President said the judiciary plays crucial roles in society.

These roles, he said, call for judges to be of persons with the best integrity.

“It is important to ensure that individuals appointed to advance the course of justice are persons of integrity and adhere to our national values,” the President said.

He told the newly appointed Judges and the Judiciary as a whole to be mindful of the role they play in society in light of the various challenges facing the nation today.

“As regards the challenges posed by criminal elements and terrorists, l urge you to take your work seriously as the safety of the nation is in your hands,” he said.

He urged judges to balance the human rights of the suspects and the need to protect the lives and livelihood of the common citizen who need protection from dangerous individuals.

The President also said the Judiciary plays a major role in creating a suitable business environment by ensuring that commercial disputes are settled expeditiously.

“One of the reasons for the country’s low ranking in the World Bank’s ease of Doing Business Index is the slow pace of commercial dispute resolution.  There is need for this to change,” President Kenyatta said.

On the delayed appointment of 14 other lawyers as judges, the President called for patience.

“While it may seem that the appointments are slow in taking place I want to assure Kenyans that we want to make sure that we get this right at the first instance,” said the President.

The Chief Justice said the new judges will help the judiciary improve services and reduce case backlog.

The judge said the JSC will soon meet the President to discuss the new appointments as well as other judiciary related matters.

The ceremony was conducted by Judiciary Chief Registrar Ms Anne Atieno Amadi.

The new judges are Justus Momanyi Bwonwong’a, Joseph Louis Omondi Onguto, Roselyne Ekirapa Aburill, Enock Chacha Mwita, Robert Kipkoech Limo and Charles Kariuki Mutungi.

Others are Anthony Charo Mrima, Janet Nzilani Mulwa, Crispin Beda Nagillah, Farah Amin Shaikh Mohamed and Margaret Waringa Muigai.