By Asha Mwana Khamisi
The Judicial Service Commission has finally shortlisted names of individuals to be interviewed for the position of Chief Justice.
In a statement, the commission says that eight individuals were axed from the initial list of 14 who had expressed interest in the seat.
The development means that only 6 applicants will face JSC interviewing panel even as legal experts opine that the process should be fast-tracked.
The six candidates shortlisted for the position of Chief Justice are: Justice Alnashir Visram, Justice Smokin Wanjala, Justice Roselyne N. Nambuye, Justice David Maraga, Justice Mbogholi Msagha, Philip Nzamba Kitonga.
Notable figures like Prof Makau Mutua, Rtd Justice Aaron Ringera, and Justice Prof. Jackton Ojwang among others were rejected.
Legal experts now want the commission to fast-track the process of interviews to avoid a constitutional crisis.
Questions had been raised over conflict of interest in the process as Justice Smokin Wanjala had been sitting in the JSC that will soon interview him, but Lawyer Steve Mogaka opines that the process is watertight and cannot favor any candidate.
The commission is now expected to give the final shortlist for persons to be interviewed for positions of Deputy Chief justice and Supreme Court judge on Wednesday and Thursday respectively