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Martha Koome responds to Nelson Havi’s accusations

Lady Justice Martha Koome has responded to Law Society of Kenya’s (LSK) President Nelson Havi following his claims that she is not fit to serve as the country’s Chief Justice.

The LSK President had written a letter to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) on March 29, 2021 discrediting Koome for the position of the Chief Justice of Kenya.

Through her lawyers, P.M Kamaara and Associates, Koome stated that having served as a Judge of Appeal with 32 years of work experience in public service well placed her in the position of the Chief Justice of Kenya.

She also said that her decisions has never been influenced by relationships that lead to conflict of interest.

“As you are aware our client is an eminent Judge of Appeal who has given 32 years of her professional life to public service. She has served diligently…

“She has exercised her judicial work completely applying the known principles of the law to arrive at her decisions. In none of her decisions has she been influenced by relationships that lead to conflict of interest,” reads an excerpt of the letter.

LSK had mentioned that Koome’s conduct in three matters of public importance manifested her inability to act independently.

Some of the cases that were mentioned included; the National Cereals and Produce Board versus Erad Suppliers and General Contractors Limited, the unprecedented night ruling of the  Court of Appeal on October 25, 2017.

Havi has since responded to the letter accusing Koome of not being transparent or accountable as a judge.

“She is determined to ensure that no one questions her conduct even before her nomination is approved by the national assembly,” Havi stated.

Koome was nominated by the JSC for the Chief Jusice position after a two weeks extensive interview.

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    Written by Kennedy Omondi

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