Justice Said Chitembwe has defended a past ruling on a defilement case while appearing before the JSC during interviews for Chief Justice on Monday.The judge said that despite the fact that the law finds anybody who defiles someone below the age of 18 guilty, there has to be consideration of the practicality of the issue.
The vetting process to appoint the next Chief Justice has kicked off today.Justice Said Chitembwe was the first candidate to be interviewed and he defended himself to the best of his ability.The Judiciary Service Commission said that they will be interviewing one candidate per day.However, as the process goes on, Lady Justice Philomena Mwilu has allegedly received a letter on the fate of Fred Ngatia.
The 10 days long interview for the Judicial Service Commission which started on April 4 completed yesterday Apr 23.William Ouko.Photo Facebook The search for a Chief Justice in Kenya began when David Kenani Maraga excited office in January after attaining a maximum age of 70 years for retirement and left to Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu who is currently on acting basis.
Since the retirement of former chief justice David Maraga the chief justice position has been left vacant.The chief justice position has been vacant hence been held by Judge Philomena Mwilu in acting capacity.
The JSC on Monday started interviewing the shortlisted candidates for the position of the Chief Justice for the Republic of Kenya.The shortlisted included Justice Said Chitembwe, Prof Patricia Mbote, Justice Martha Koome, Justice Marete Njagi, Philip Murgor, Justice Nduma Nderi, Fred Ngatia, Justice William Ouko, Dr Wekesa Moni and Alice Yano.
The country’s top newspapers on Friday, July 30 wodely reported on suspected killer cop Caroline Kangogo’s burial at her parents’ home in Elgeyo Marakwet County. The dailies also reported the end of National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition after the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) announced its exit from the coalition.
According to the DCI, police discovered $57,000 (Sh6.1 million) in the chambers of one of the two judges detained last week. DCI, via Chief Inspector Felix Banzi, claimed in an affidavit filed in court that they seized $50,000 from an unnamed lady in Justice Aggrey Muchelule's chambers and another $7,000 from Justice Said Chitembwe.
The Judicial Service Commission is set to interview ten candidates who were shortlisted to fill the position of Chief Justice of Kenya.The Position was left vacant after the former Chief Justice,David Kenani Maraga retired in January 12th 2021.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.
Justice Marete Njagi has proposed the addition of two judges in the Supreme Court to manage the workload at the country’s apex court.He attributed the workload to between 100 and 250 cases pending determination before the Supreme Court.When asked what had caused the backlog challenge, the Employment and Labour Relations Court judge cited incapacity and understaffing as a result of the long recruitment processes when a vacancy occurs.
The chief justice is the head of the Judiciary and President of the Supreme Court and is an office established under Article 161 of the Kenya Constitution. He or she is assisted by the DeputyChief Justice who is also the Deputy President of the Supreme Court. At the moment the deputy chief justice is in the position. The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has shortlisted 10 candidates for the position of Chief Justice (CJ) ahead of their interviews in April. Nine others will also be interviewed for the position