Kenya National Muslims Advisory Council (KENMAC) has proposed that the six judges who were rejected by President Uhuru Kenyatta during the recent Judicial Service Commission (JSC) appointments be sacked.
The KENMAC Chairperson Sheikh Juma Ngao has opined that the judges should not continue serving Kenyans with integrity questions being leveled against them.
While addressing the press in Mombasa on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, Ngao said that the rejected Judges should be sacked after failing the integrity test of the President and new ones appointed to replace them.
“If the president failed to appoint them because they have integrity issues hanging around their necks, then they should be sacked, removed from office and new judges appointed,” Ngao stated.
Ngao also called upon the politicians and a section of lawyers to stop rebuking Uhuru for his decision as he was working under intelligence advice.
“The president failed to appoint them with reasons, those who were not appointed have been said to have integrity questions, so the president has the right to follow legal and intelligence advice, “ Ngao said.
He further challenged the JSC to present fresh names to the head of state for appointment to seal the gaps of those left out in the appointment.
“We have our own respect reserved for the JSC, but in a situation where the integrity of the judiciary is at stake, then the president and Kenyans have a right to demand other people,” Ngao added.
This is after President Uhuru had on Friday, June 4, 2021, defended his decision to selectively appoint 34 judges out of 40 who were nominated by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) while rejecting six others citing integrity issues.
Speaking after witnessing the swearing in of the 34 judges, Uhuru said that as long he was the president, he would always be guided by integrity to choose that which is right over convenient for the sake of posterity.
“Just like you today, I too took an oath. It is not open to me to turn a blind eye to reports of our state organs. As long as I serve as president, I will choose right over the convenient, I will choose the hard over the easy, and I am not doing this for myself but the people of Kenya and posterity,” Uhuru stated.
Prominent Judges who failed to make it to the Court of Appeal include; Justices George Odunga, Weldon Korir, Aggrey Muchelule.