Maraga succession: JSC shortlists 10 candidates

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has shortlisted 10 candidates for the position of Chief Justice ahead of their interviews from 12th to 30th April 2021.

The commission says in an advert in the local dailies that it received 13 applicants for the position of CJ and shortlisted ten.

The ten candidates cleared for interviews are Justice Said Chitembwe, Prof. Patricia Mbote, Justice Martha Koome, Justice Marete Njagi, Philip Murgor, Justice Nduma Nderi, Fred Ngatia, Justice William Ouko, Prof. Wekesa Moni and Alice Yano.

The shortlisting of the ten candidates leaves out three candidates who had applied for the job.

Prof Otinga Mare, Otondi Ontweka and Brian Matagaro who completed an initial list of 13 applicants were not shortlisted.

All the current Supreme Court judges including acting Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu kept off the race to replace former Chief Justice David Maraga.

CJ and SCJ shortlisted candidates by JSC

The JSC has also shortlisted nine others for the position of Supreme Court judge.

Those shortlisted are Justice Said Chitembwe, Lady Justice Martha Koome, Justice M’inoti Kathurima, Justice Nduma Nderi, Lumumba Nyaberi, Justice William Ouko, Justice Joseph Sergon, Justice Marete Njagi, and Alice Yano.

The JSC will interview the ten candidates shortlisted for the position of Chief Justice between April 12 and April 23 with the panel set to grill a candidate a day.

The interview dates for the Supreme Court judge will be between April 26 and 30.

JSC asked the public to give any information they may have on the candidates by March 3.

The Commission will interview the shortlisted persons before recommending a candidate for appointment by the President subject to approval by the National Assembly as provided for under Article 166 (1) of the Constitution.

The commission is seeking to fill the position of CJ and one slot in the Supreme Court.

The positions fell vacant following the retirement of Chief Justice David Maraga and Justice Jackton Boma Ojwang.


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