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The judge causing Gideon Moi sleepless nights


The devil is in the detail, so goes the popular saying. The single difference between Evans Keago Hezekiah and Evans Kiago Makori ended up causing Billionaire senator and KANU Chairman Gideon Moi quite the headache.


For some time, before this month, KTN News which is owned by Gideon Moi, kept using the image of Evans Keago Hezekiah in place of Evans Kiago Makori. Both are judicial officers but one is very different from the other. Evans Keago Hezekiah, who is a Senior Principle Magistrate, evidently took offence to this mix-up and forced the giant media house to not only apologise but also run the apology on their platforms.


President Uhuru Kenyatta had filed a notice of appeal against the High Court’s order that required him to appoint six judges he had rejected over alleged integrity issues, within 14 days.

This was after a finding by the court that should the President fail to make the appointments and facilitate an oath-taking ceremony within 14 days, he (President) will lose control of the process and the judges will be deemed duly appointed.

The President had declined to appoint the six judges to the Court of Appeal, citing an adverse National Intelligence Service (NIS) brief. However, the Judicial Service Commission, which was doing the vetting of 41 judges to be appointed, argued the brief did not provide evidence.

The President said he was dissatisfied by the judgment rendered by Justices George Dulu, William Musyoka and James Wakiaga.

The notice of appeal came two days after Attorney General Paul Kihara Kariuki also filed a similar notice, signaling that the impasse may continue. The AG lodged his notice through Deputy Chief State Counsel Emmanuel Bitta.
President Kenyatta and the AG were aggrieved by the court’s finding that the Head of State can be sidestepped in the appointment of judges.


The judges at the centre of the legal dispute are George Odunga, Aggrey Muchelule, Joel Ngugi and Weldon Korir, together with Mombasa chief magistrate Evans Kiago Makori and High Court Registrar Judith Omange.
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