Why City lawyer wants JSC to appoint Court of Appeal President Ouko as Supreme Court Judge without interviewing him


Well-known City lawyer Donald Kipkorir has urged the Judiciary Service Commission (JSC) to appoint Court of Appeal President William Ouko as the Supreme Court Judge without subjecting him to a fresh interview after he failed to be nominated as the next Chief Justice.

The flamboyant lawyer said that Ouko was his favorite candidate during the Chief Justice position interviews that were held a few days ago and should be appointed to the position of Supreme Court Judge immediately.

He explained that for Ouko to prepare again and interview for the seat in the Supreme Court would be unfair and the commission should use the interview he did for the CJ position instead.

“Justice William Ouko who was my favorite went through the rigorous interview for the Chief Justice. For him to prepare again and interview for a seat in the Supreme Court in double jeopardy. JSC should use common sense and adopt his interview for CJ,” read his statement.

Before the JSC announced that it had unanimously nominated Court of Appeal Judge Justice Martha Koome as the next Chief Justice, Kipkorir had claimed that Ouko was the man for the job.

In a statement, he said that he was looking at a new dawn in the Judiciary under the leadership of William Ouko as the next CJ.

He said stated that Ouko’s leadership will bring both insider stability and at the same time opens the leadership to other regions.

The lawyer added that the most successful Chief Justices are the ones from within the Judiciary arguing that Ouko will tick all the boxes.

Ouko is reportedly set to appear before the JSC on Wednesday 5 May 2021 for the Supreme Court Judge interviews.

Others who are also eyeing for the position include Chitembwe Juma, Njagi Marete, Mathew Nderi, Patrick Nyaberi, Srgon Kiplagat, and Alice Yano.

On the other hand, Koome whose name was forwarded to President Uhuru Kenyatta by JSC Vice-Chairperson Olive Mugenda for appointment will become the first female Chief Justice in the country if she is approved to seat at the helm of the Judiciary after vetted by the National Assembly.

Her nomination has however attracted mixed reactions which another candidate Fred Ngatia who was also among the candidates being interviewed for the job dismissing her nomination.

Ngatia claimed that four commissioners from the Mt. Kenya region reduced his marks after they were called by powerful people

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