CJ Interviews: Mugenda not fit to chair process, court told

By Sheila Mutua On Fri, 16 Apr, 2021 10:43 | 2 mins read
Prof Olive Mugenda
Prof Olive Mugenda

CJ interviews: Memba Ocharo through his lawyer Danstan Omari claim that acting Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu should be chairing the interview and not Prof.Olive Mugenda

“That the interviews so far are strangely being chaired by Prof.Olive Mugenda who is only but a commissioner to the Respondent yet the Judiciary was left under the care of an able Deputy Chief Justice Hon.Philomena Mbete Mwilu as the acting Chief Justice who should be the chair of the interviews” said Omari

Through the application the activist says it has not been apparently clear why the current interviews are being chaired by Commissioner Prof.Olive Mugenda in open defiance and insubordination of the constitutional and statutory dictates that demand that the Respondent’s affairs should either be Chaired by the Chief Justice and/or his Deputy in his absence.

Through Lawyer Danstan Omari, the activist wants the Cj interviews where four candidates namely Justice Juma Chitembwe, Prof. Patricia Kameri Mbote, Lady Justice Martha Koome and Justice David Marete have been interviewed halted on grounds that the JSC failed terribly to vet the candidates before shortlisting them for interview as the candidates thus far have admitted to not have submitted their wealth declaration forms and of their spouses in breach of Chapter Six of the Constitution.

“That moreover, it is increasingly becoming clear that the Respondent failed terribly to vet the candidates before shortlisting them for interview as the candidates thus far have admitted to not have submitted their wealth declaration forms and of their spouses in breach of Chapter Six of the Constitution” read the application 

That the failure by the Candidates to provide their wealth declaration forms and those of their spouses yet they were shortlisted for interview and have since been interviewed for the prestigious position of the Chief Justice of Kenya is not only a waste of the taxpayer’s money but is also a serious dereliction of the Respondent’s constitutional and statutory duty.

That in view of the Respondent’s interviews that have thus been conducted, it is vital that the Respondent firstly adjourns and or postpones the current interview until the nation is informed whether the remaining candidates have so far complied with Chapter 6 of the Constitution.

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