JSC unanimously nominate Justice Martha Koome Karambu as Chief Justice

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 Justice Martha Koome Karambu


The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has unanimously nominated Justice Martha Koome Karambu as the first woman Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya.

The JSC has forwarded her name to President Uhuru Kenyatta for an appointment.

Her tenure at the judiciary for the past 33 years has seen her serve both as a presiding Magistrate and a Judge.

Ms Koome was among 10 candidates interviewed by the JSC over the last two weeks.

Other candidates include; Justice Said Juma Chitembwe, Prof Patricia Mbote, Justice Marete Njagi, Philip Murgor, Justice Nduma Nderi, Fred Ngatia, Justice William Ouko, Dr Wekesa Moni and Alice Yano.

"Our duty was to select the best candidate and that's what we have done," Prof Olive Mugenda, who lead the interviews, said on why the JSC will not deliver the scores for each contestant.

Prof Mugenda also stated that interviews for a Supreme Court judge to succeed Jackton Ojwang, who retired, will resume on May 3.

She said all the candidates will be informed shortly of the dates when they will face the panel.

If appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta, Justice Koome will become the first female Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya.

Justice Koome said she will be investing in her experience as an insider of the Judiciary to transform courts.

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