The interviews to fill in the vacant position of the Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya began earnestly three days ago. There are ten (10) candidates to be interviewed from April 12 to April 23, 2021. The exercise has riveted the nation’s attention with Kenyans following the proceedings keenly through live broadcasts.
The exercise has also generated animated conversations online including on social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Twitter, and FaceBook. The position fell vacant in February with the exit of former Chief Justice, David Kenani Maraga.
The ten candidates being interviewed for the top position of one of the three arms of government include; Justice Said Chitembwe, Prof Patricia Mbote, Justice Martha Koome, Justice Marete Njagi, Philip Murgor, Justice Nduma Nderi, Fred Ngatia, Justice William Ouko, Dr. Wekesa Moni and Alice Yano.
In line with public participation as enshrined in Article 10 of the Constitution and the Judicial Service Act, the public was requested to submit any comments or feedback on the information shared by the Judiciary on the candidates before the interviews. Judiciary Registrar Anne Amadi announced that they had also provided the profiles of the candidates, their sample writings, and the written memoranda from stakeholders.
It is expected that issues of professionalism, integrity, justice, and role in fighting corrupt practices will feature prominently during the interviews. In the past, a judicial surgery was carried out to weed out judicial officers who were tainted in a bid to reform the Law Courts.