New Chief Justice, Lady Justice Martha Karambu Koome took office after she was sworn in before President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House Nairobi this morning, making history as the first female Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya.
Lady Justice Koome becomes the 15th Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya and the 3rd President of Supreme Court of Kenya.
Ms. Koome swore to diligently serve, the people and republic of Kenya impartially and to protect, administer and defend the Constitution. She also promised to promote independence, competence and integrity within it the Judiciary.
The Chief Justice was appointed for a non-renewable 10 years term, in a Gazette Notice by H. E. President Uhuru on 19th May 2021. The Oath of Office was administered by the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Anne Amadi. Newly appointed Judge of the Supreme Court of Kenya, Hon. Mr. Justice William Ouko Okello was also sworn at the ceremony.
The Judiciary has battled allegations of impeding in the fight against corruption in Kenya through slow judicial processes that delayed corruption cases for years in court.
The new Chief Justice raises the hope that the fight against corruption will gain fresh impetus leading to results.