Uhuru Finally Appoints 34 Judges

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta has on Thursday, June 3, appointed 34 judges that had been recommended for appointment by the Judicial Service Commission.

    In a special gazette notice, the president appointed seven court of appeal judges, 9 judges in the employment and labor relations court and 18 in the environment and land court.

    The court of appeal judges who have been appointed include; Mbogholi Msagha, Omondi Hellen, Ngugi Grace, Francis Tuiyott, Pauline Nyaboke, Jessie Lesiit and Kibaya Laibuta.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses Nyanza MPs at State House on Friday, May 28, 2021

    The nine judges appointed by the president in the Employment and Labour Relations Court are; Baari Christine Noontatua, Gakeri Jacob Kariuki, Keli Jemima Wanza, Mwaure Ann Ngibuini, Matanga Bernard Odongo Manani, Rutto Stella Chemtai, Kebira Ocharo, Kitiku Agnes Mueni-Nzei, and Nderitu David Njagi

    Judges appointed in the environment and land court include; Mboya Oguttu Joseph, Naikuni Lucas Leperes, Mwanyale Michael Ngolo, Addraya Edda Dena, Kimani Lilian Gathoni, Kamau Joseph Mugo, Wabwoto Karoph Edward, and Koross Anne Yatich Kipingor.

    Others are; Gicheru Maxwell Nduiga, Mogeni Ann Jacqueline Akhalemesi, Ongarora Fred Nyagaka, Christopher Kyania Nzili, Mugo David Mwangi, Omollo Lynette Achieng’, Washe Emmanuel Mutwana, Nyukuri Annet, Murigi Theresa Wairimu, and Asati Esther. 

    One of the judges who had been recommended died before the president could gazette the appointments.

    He, however, rejected some judges that had also been recommended for the Court of Appeal including; Aggrey Muchelule, George Odunga, Weldon Korir and Prof Joel Ngugi.

    Ngugi was one of the judges who declared the BBI constitutional bill as null and void.

    The appointment by the president came just weeks after Chief Justice Martha Koome was sworn in to office.

    Before his retirement, Chief Justice David Maraga had on a number of occasions requested the president to appoint the 41 judges for the judiciary matters to run smoothly.

    “The laws of this country includes valid court orders. It, therefore, beholds you to appoint the 41 judges recommended for appointment by the JSC. I urge you to respect the rule of law by compiling with two court orders,” the CJ addressed the president.

    Martha Koome during her swearing in on Friday, May 21, at State House.
    Martha Koome during her swearing in on Friday, May 21, at State House.

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