On the 12th of this month, The Atheists Association of Kenya wrote to the Judicial Service Commission, regarding an issue that they wanted looked into by the commission. Through their head, Harrison Mumia, the association wrote a letter and raised their concerns with the hope that the matter would be handled to completion.
True enough, yesterday, which marked day seven of the Commission’s vetting saw the interviewing of senior counsel Fred Nga’tia, and when it came time for the commission to communicate to him the concerns that had been raised by the atheists body, they did so without much hullabaloo.
The panel politely conveyed the concerns that the unusual and unorthodox body had.
Atheists in Kenya Society had opposed the nomination of Senior Counsel Fred Ngatia to the position of Chief Justice (CJ) and President of the Supreme Court of Kenya.
Through their president Harrison Mumia, the atheists said Ngatia is allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta which could sway his independence if appointed as the most senior judge.
“Senior Counsel Fred Ngatia defended President Uhuru Kenyatta disputed win in a presidential petition filed by Raila Odinga in 2013 and 2017. It is obvious that his personal interests are likely to be contrary to the Kenyan public as Chief Justice,” said Harrison Mumia in the letter.
The atheists said Kenya needs a CJ who will guarantee Judicial Independence seeing that the country is headed for polls next year.
Fred Nga’tia, however, sought to allay their fears saying that he would not be biased in any way. Distinguishing the role he played as an advocate from that which he would play as the CJ, he declared that the duties and responsibilities he held as a practitioner representing his client would bare stark contrast from those of a CJ representing a country.