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Justice Martha Koome Becomes First Female Chief Justice In Kenya History

President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed Justice Martha Koome as the country's first ever female Chief Justice.

This has been confirmed by a gazette notice issued on Wednesday May 19. This comes just few hours after the approval from the National Assembly.

Justice Martha makes a history in Kenya as she becomes the first woman to serve as a Chief Justice in Kenya. Martha is the 15th Chief Justice and the third under the 2010 constitution.

The Justice and Legal Affairs Committee(JLAC) had earlier recommended for her approval to become Kenya's next Chief Justice. The approval was then send to President Uhuru Kenyatta for formal appointment.

Justice Martha vowed to ensure timely delivery of justice and good working relationships with the other arms of the government, during her vetting by the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee of the National Assembly.

The incoming Chief Justice Martha Koome has 33 years of experience and she has practised law for 15 years before becoming a judge of the High Court.

In 1986 Justice Martha was working as an advocate of the High Court and she started as a legal associate at Mathenge and Muchemi Advocates until 1993 when she opened her own law firm and became the managing partner until 2003.

Until her appointment as the new Chief Justice, Martha headed the Criminal Division at the Court of Appeal.

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