Our Constitution provides the rules and procedures for the appointment of state and public officials. Key amongst them, are the rules pertaining to the transparent and competitive selection of appointees. When adhered to, these provisions create a sense of ownership within the public and ensure that the appointed officers enjoy public’s support and goodwill as they take up their roles.
It is in this background that Lady Justice Martha Koome finds herself today. President Uhuru has gazzeted her appointment as Kenya’s next Chief Justice making her the first woman in Kenya and the region, to serve in that position.
Her appointment has received great support across the country having undergone a rigorous vetting process that saw her win the confidence and approval of both Parliament and the Judicial Service Commission.
With over three decades of experience in the legal, judicial and public sector, Koome brings on board a wealth of knowledge on family law, constitutional law and human rights. Her professional investment in the promotion and protection of children rights saw her recognized by the United Nations amongst other international institutions. Further, her colleagues describe her as a focused and principled individual.
It is noteworthy that the Judiciary is now firmly run by females; acting CJ (Philomena Mwilu); Vice Chair JSC (Olive Mugenda); acting President Court of Appeal (Wanjiru Karanja); Principal Judge, High Court (Lydia Achode); Principal Judge, ELRC, (Maureen Onyango); Judiciary Chief Registrar (Anne Amadi); Registrar, High Court (Judy Omange); Registrar Supreme Court (Esther Nyaiyaki); Registrar JSC (Frida Mokaya)
These appointments demonstrate our commitment to the advancement of the Kenyan woman. They also demonstrate our respect for the Constitutional provisions on equity, equality and non-discrimination.
We wish Chief Justice Martha Koome the very best as she assumes her new role.