President Uhuru appoints Martha Koome as Chief Justice

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NAIROBI – President Kenyatta Wendessday May 19, confirmed the appointment of Lady Justice Martha Karambu Kooma as the Chief Justice Of Kenya.

This was hours after Members Of Parliament approved her nomination after she was vetted by the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee.

President Kenyatta appointed Justice Koome through a gazette notice dated May 19, 2021 for a non-renewable 10-year term, to succeed Justice David Maraga who retired in January.

Justice Koome became 15th Chief Justice of Kenya, and the third under the new constitution promulgated in 2010.

She will also go down the books as the first female to hold the title of Chief Justice in Kenya.

Justice Koome ascends to her Chief Justice position with 33 years of experience after serving as both High Court judge and Court of Appeal judge.

The Chief Justice emerged the top after being interviewed by the Judicial Service Commission chaired by Prof Olive Mugenda.

Ten candidates were shortlisted for to succeed CJ Maraga including Justice Nduma Nderi, Fred Ngatia, Justice William Ouko, Dr Wekesa Moni and Alice Yano.

Other candidates were Said Chitembwe, Prof Patricia Mbote, Justice Marete Njagi and Senior Counsel Philip Murgor.


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