All Eyes are now on Chief Justice Martha Koome after President Uhuru Kenyatta gazetted 34 judges and left out six others despite having been nominated by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).
Justices George Odunga, Joel Ngugi, Aggrey Muchelule, Weldon Korir, Makori Evans Kiago, and Judith Omange Cheruiyot were suspiciously left out by the Head of State during his appointment of the Judges.
Several political leaders and Lawyers have criticised the gazettement of the Judges arguing that the head of state has no such powers to reject any of the JSC nominees forwarded to him.
This comes after the commission had nominated 41 judges in 2019 to be promoted after a rigorous vetting exercise.
Following the selective appointment, Kenyans has challenged Koome to come out strongly and condemn the president over what many termed as cherry-picking of the judicial officers. The new chief justice was yet to make a statement by the time of publishing this article.
“Our eyes are fixed on the liberation warrior, the Prayer warrior, the chief justice, and the president of the Supreme Court Justice Martha Koome. This a watershed moment in the history of our Judiciary and will define the legacy of CJ Koome. Over to you madam CJ,” Senator Kipchumba Murkomen.
“CJ Koome is one person who needs our national collective support, sacrifice, and prayers this Friday…off to the mosque I go,” lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi stated.
“If Chief Justice Martha Koome chooses the glittering path of complacency, she will find herself ejected from the office before the cockrel crows three times. If that happens, she will have elevated retired chief justice Maraga to a Saint,” Javas Bigambo stated.