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Martha Koome to become the first female Chief Justice of Kenya

Court of Appeal Judge Martha Koome was on Tuesday, April 27 nominated by the Judicial Service Commission to become the next Chief Justice.

Koome’s name will be forwarded to President Uhuru Kenyatta for approval.

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The President would the forward her name to the National Assembly for vetting before being sworn in at the State House.

The announcement was made on Tuesday, April 27, by Chairperson, Prof. Olive Mugenda, in televised address.

The JSC has unanimously recommended the appointment of Hon Lady Justice Koome Martha Karabu, judge of the Court of Appeal as the Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya,” JSC chair Olive Mugenda stated.

If Koome gets sworn in, she will become the first female Chief Justice in Kenya.

This is Koome’s second time pursuing for the Chief Justice seat.

The Lady Justice has over 33 years of experience in legal practice.

The 61-year-old lady justice faced nine contestants namely; Said Chitembwe, Prof Patricia Mbote, Justice Marete Njagi, Philip Murgor, Justice Nduma Nderi, Fred Ngatia, Justice William Ouko, Dr Wekesa Moni and Alice Yano.

During the the two weeks of her interviews, Koome promised to work diligently if given the opportunity to serve Kenyans as the Chief Justice.

“Whatever work God puts in my hands, I do it with passion and I remove all my arsenals to do that job and achieve what it is that I need to achieve,” she stated.

When asked the criteria she would use to solve the stalemate of the 41 judges put forward by former CJ Maraga, she said that the CJ office allowed her to make a call an converse with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“Even if it has been tried before, I am not the one who did so I would try again”I don’t know anybody in the executive. The closest I came to his excellency was when he came here on the launch of the state of the judiciary report and we were invited on the stairs to take a picture,” she stated..

Before the confirmation made publicly, the court of appeal cancelled a rulling that had halted the JSC from announcing the CJ nominee.

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Four petitioners had moved to court to stop the announcement arguing that the the ten contestants had not submitted their wealth declaration forms.

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