By Ruth Wambui
The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has revised the interview schedule for the positions of Chief Justice, Deputy Chief Justice and Judge of the Supreme Court to accommodate the ruling by High Court Judge George Odunga.
Justice Odunga in his ruling directed the JSC to include the seven candidates whose applications had been thrown out due to technicalities among them the US based law Professor Makau Mutua, Supreme Court Jackton Ojwang and former Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission Boss Retired Judge Aaron Ringera.
Earlier, the three applicants had been locked out due to technicalities.
The commission has now revised the interview schedule, and on Monday, Paul Andrew Kongani Udoto Kongani will take the hot seat in his bid to become the country’s position of the Chief Justice.
On Tuesday, Retired Justice Aaron Gitonga Ringera will face the vetting panel followed by David Waisiko Wambura on Wednesday, Justice Jackton Boma Ojwang on Thursday and David Mwaure Waihiga on Friday.
Lucy Wanja Julius and Professor Makau Mutua will wind up the interview session for the position of the Chief Justice on Wednesday 14th September.
On Wednesday, Appellate Court Judge David Maraga said if appointed the next Chief Justice, his first assignment will be to fight corruption and the backlog of cases in the Judiciary.
Maraga who appeared before the Judicial Service Commission selection panel further said he will push for the change of the law to have the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court limited to the Presidential election petitions only.
The appellate court judge was the third judge to present his case before the Judicial Service Commission interviewing panel to state why he is the best candidate for the position of the Chief Justice.
Besides being an appellate judge Justice Maraga is the chairperson of the Judicial committee on elections. Perhaps, this is why the selection panel was eager to know what changes he will bring in terms of election petitions in Supreme Court if any.
Currently, any election petition ranging from MCA’s to the President can spill over to the Supreme Court.
Former Chairperson of the defunct Committee of Experts Philip Nzamba Kitonga face will face the vetting panel this Thursday.
Interviews for the position of the Deputy Chief Justice will start on Monday 26th September, and later followed by interviews for the position of the Judge of the Supreme Court.