JSC starts interviews in search of Supreme Court Judge

The Judicial Service Commission has Monday kicked off interviews in the search for a Supreme Court Judge after Jacktone Boma Ojwang retired from the position.

Nine candidates had been shortlisted for the exercise but only seven will be interviewed after Justice Martha Koome was picked as the Chief Justice nominee while Judge Kathurima M’inoti withdrew his candidature.

The candidates include; Hon Justice Chitembwe Said Juma, Hon Justice Marete Njagi, Hon Justice Nduma Mathews Nderi, Dr nyaberi Justry Patrick Lumumba, Hon Justice Ouko William Okello, Hon Justice Sergon Joseph Kiplagat and Ms Yano Alice Jepkoech.

Justice Chitembwe Said Juma is once again the first to face the after he faced the same panel for the Chief Justice slot last month.

Chitembwe was recruited in the Judiciary on the 2nd of April 2009 after serving at the national social security fund from 2003 to 2009.

In his service at the Judiciary, Chitembwe has worked as a High Court Judge in Kakamega, Malindi, Migori and Marsabit.

Chitembwe, aged 54, is currently serving in the civil division of the high court at the Milimani law courts.

Same Monday, 61-year-old Justice Marete Njagi of the Employment and Labour Relations Court would justify some of the employment disputes he has handled as he seeks the Supreme Court Judge seat.

Born in Tharaka Nithi County, Marete holds a Master of Law degree from the University of Nairobi and a post graduate diploma in Law from the Kenya school of law.

Marete previously served as the state counsel in the Attorney General’s office for 15 years before rising to the rank of Principal State Counsel.


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