riday, June 4, 2021 -Newly appointed Chief Justice Martha Koome now wants President Uhuru Kenyatta to swear the rejected six judges into office.
Reacting just moments after a section of lawyers and the Law Society of Kenya LSK exerted pressure to her office to speak on the matter, Koome has on Friday released an official statement asking the president to respect the Judiciary and appoint the remaining judges so that this annoying friction between rams of government can be settled at once.
“The 34 Judges have today taken their oath of office witnessed by H.E the President. I note with great concern that 6 persons who were recommended by the JSC for appointment were not gazetted.”
“The Judiciary is still in dire need as the backlog of cases is increasing. We should find a lasting solution so that moving forward, this kind of delay and misunderstanding will be a thing of the past,” she stated while dis-associating herself from the blame.
Justice Koome has been on the receiving end since Uhuru cleared the 34 names yesterday Thursday June 3 leaving six others out. The six include Justice Joel Ngugi, George Odunga among 4 more.
Law Society of Kenya LSK President Nelson Havi was first to fault the CJ for allegedly influencing the appointments and the subsequent rejection of the six for political reasons.
Havi alleged that Koome was consulted by the executive and came in agreement with it over the appointments.
But is his address while swearing in the 34 judges, President Uhuru Kenyatta said he had taken an oath to do that which is correct and leave out what is wrong.
“I serve as president, I will choose the right over the convenience, I will choose the hard over the easy and I am not doing this for myself by for the people of Kenya,” the president stated at Statehouse today Friday.
As this was taking place, however, a section of activist rushed to court to stop the swearing in of the 34 but unfortunately orders were not granted.