On Thursday president Uhuru Kenyatta was given tough condition by high court to appoint six judges in fourteen days failure of which Chief Justice Martha Koome will swear them in office. While making the ruling, high court judges said president has no power to reject appointment of any judge when recommended by Judicial Service Commission.
As the case of the appointment of the six judges left out by president Uhuru continues to take shape, pressure continues to mount on Chief Justice Martha Koome to act swiftly. Senior Counsel Ahmednasir Abdulahi, the chairman of the senior counsel's association of Kenya, has advised Koome on how to deal with the executive citing what former chief justice David Maraga did concerning the appointment of justice Mohammed Warsame to the Judicial Service Commission.
Chief Justice Martha Koome Martha K. Koome is the current President of the Supreme Court Of Kenya. She made history when the was appointed as the first female Chief Justice in Kenya, more so under the 2010 Kenyan Constitution. Chief Justice Martha Koome has been praised and criticized at the same time, though of late before yesterday's judgement by the High Court, she has been on the rise.
Temperatures are high across the country and it is not only politics that are making headlines. The wrangles between Judiciary and executive are on another level. When 2017 presidential election were nullified everything turned uglier. President Uhuru Kenyatta promised he will revisit and since then the Judiciary and executive stalemate has become total nightmare.
Martha Koome is one of the most powerful leaders currently in the country. For that reason, she is well known by many people around the nation. After she was sworn in as the Chief Justice, Martha Koome has been doing well but at the moment, there is a looming problem to her after the latest flow of events.
Ahmednasir Abdullahi is a Kenyan citizen of Somali ascent. Ahmednasir Abdullahi is a lawyer and political analyst in Kenya. He is an accomplished advocate of the High Court Of Kenya. He has represented many Prominent and influential leaders in different cases and won. Senior Council Ahmednasir Abdullahi is a die hard supporter of Deputy President Dr William Samoei Arap Ruto.
Tough Days Ahead To Martha Koome As She Is Publicly Lectured On Swearing In 6 Judges By Grand Mullah
Currently in the country, all eyes including President Uhuru Kenyatta's eyes are on Martha Koome. That is because of the swearing in drama of the 6 High Court Judges that were left out by Uhuru. Definitely, many Kenyans don't expect the Head of State to appoint the 6 Judges even after the Court giving him only 14 days to do so and for that reason, Koome is on the spotlight after the Court declared that if Uhuru won't appoint them, then the CJ must swear them in.
Martha Koome Cuts Uhuru Down To Size In Her New Judicial Order As High Court Plan To Side-Step Uhuru
Martha Koome has cut Uhuru down to size in her new executive order to president Uhuru Kenyatta as the high court has planned a new strategy to sidestep Uhuru Kenyatta in her failure. According to the information shared, the chief justice has sent an order to president Uhuru Kenyatta few hours after the high court Ordered Uhuru Kenyatta to appoint the judges with an immediate effect to ensure he appoint the judges immediately.
Former Justice and constitutional affairs Cabinet Minister Martha Karua on Thursday night schooled Law Society of Kenya president Nelson Havi on what the High Court Judgement on President Uhuru Kenyatta meant. According to Martha, the Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya Martha Koome has no mandate in swearing in the six judges as ordered because as per the law, that is not her role.
United Democratic Alliance ally, Ahmednasir Abdullahi, has left netizens with a surprise after he revealed how the High Court gave President Uhuru Kenyatta, 14 days to to appoint 6 judges he declined to approve in June within the next 14 days. According to details, Chief Justice Martha Koome in conjunction with the Judicial Service Commission shall be at liberty to take all necessary steps to swear in the six judges if Uhuru fails to play his part by the end of given time.
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Assuming all known political factors will remain constant, then Martha Koome will swear in the country's fifth Head of State in the next ten or so months. Who will that be? Time will tell. Of those who stands a chance of unseating Uhuru Kenyatta is ODM party mandarin Raila Odinga.
High Court on Thursday ruled that the president errored when he refused to assign duties to the 6 judges recommended by JSC two years ago for new responsibilities. Consequently, the three judge bench noted that President Uhuru Kenyatta's ability to appoint the remaining judges will expire after 14 days, after which the president of Supreme court — CJ Koome will be at liberty to appoint the judges.
Kenyans are watching patiently to see if the Kenyan Head of State president Uhuru Kenyatta will finally obey the High Court order against him. The High Court has directed the Head of State president Uhuru Kenyatta to swear in the six judges that were left out in the next two weeks failure to which they will be deemed as having occupied office.
According to lawyers, Martha Koome has no alternative option rather to appoint the six judges as ruled by the High Court. It's clear unless the issue moved to a higher court, the Chief Justice will have no option rather to deal president Uhuru Kenyatta a blow and appoint the said judges to the court of appeal.
The Law Society of Kenya President Nelson Havi has responded to the High Court directive on President Uhuru Kenyatta to Appoint the six judges he failed to to appoint way back in June. The High Court gave Uhuru 14 days to do the appointment, failure to which the Chief Justice Martha Koome may take that mandate to do the appointment.
More Confusion as Advocate of High Court Says Ruling to Compel Uhuru to Appoint Judges is Misleading
On Thursday, three judges of the High Court ruled that President Uhuru Kenyatta had failed to honor the constitution by leaving out six judges who were approved alongside 34 others for appointment by the Judicial Service Commission. The court compelled the president to appoint the six within 14 days, failure to which they will be considered formally appointed, and the Chief Justice Martha Koome will swear them in.
The High Court gave a directive to President Uhuru Kenyatta over the appointment of the six Judges who were rejected during the appointment and swearing-in of the 40 Judges. Uhuru picked 34 out of the 40 Judges who were vetted and recommended by the JSC. Uhuru said that they were not qualified to take their mandates as they had integrity issues.
Hon. Kabando Wa Kabando has hinted through his official tweeter page asking CJ Martha Koome to become the 3rd liberation icon so that she will be remembered in the Kenya history. According to Kabando Wa Kabando this government has only 291 days left so she should do the right thing while in office for the sake of posterity.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has been directed to appoint the remaining six out of 40 judges he declined to approve in June within the next 14 days. The six judges include Aggrey Muchelule, George Odunga, Weldon Korir and Joel Ngugi, who were to serve in the Appellate court.
The political muscles continue taking the country by storm and Kenyans are eagerly waiting to vote come 2022. President Uhuru Kenyatta and Hon Raila Odinga have been working together for quite a long time. The fruits of handshake are felt and Kenyans are enjoying unity today. The wrangles between Judiciary and executive just keep on getting to another level and with 2022 general elections approaching, President Uhuru Kenyatta and CJ Martha Koome have to come out and discuss the way forward.