Uhuru confirms 7 Court of Appeal judges picked by JSC
President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday appointed seven judges the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) nominated to the Court of Appeal last week.
Uhuru approved the appointment of six High Court Judges Luka Kimaru, Lydia Achode, Fredrick Ochieng, John Mativo, Grace Ngenye, Abida Ali-Aroni, and advocate Paul Mwaniki in a Gazette Notice dated Tuesday July 19.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by Article 166(1)(b) of the Constitution of Kenya, I, Uhuru Kenyatta, President and the Commander in Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces, appoint the seven nominees to be judges of the Court of Appeal, “ reads the gazette notice.
Last week, Chief Justice Martha Koome, who is also the chairperson of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), forwarded the names of the seven nominees to the President for appointment.
While forwarding the names to the President, Koome said after the JSC panel interviewed all the applicants, it picked seven who met the requisite conditions set for the interviews.
“After lengthy deliberations and careful consideration of the performance of the various candidates and based on Constitutional imperative of merit, gender, regional balance, affirmative action, and public interest, the JSC has recommended the appointment of the under listed to the Office of Judge of the Court of Appeal and has submitted their names to the President for an appointment,” the CJ said.
The seven nominees will occupy the positions which should have been occupied by the six judges who President Kenyatta rejected in 2019 sparking a litany of litigations in different courts.
Currently, the judges are heading different courts in various stations across the country.
Justice Kimaru heads Kitale Law Courts while justice Mativo moves to the second highest court from Mombasa where he was heading the station.
Lady Justice Achode ascends to her new position from being the Principal Judge at Milimani Law Courts. A principal judge supervises all the other judges of the High Court.
Lady Justice Ngenye moves from the Criminal Division of the High Court Nairobi where she was heading the appeals division.
Ali- Aroni currently heads the Wajir Law Courts while Ochieng moves from Kisumu.