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The Great, the Average and the Disastrous: Grand Mullah Reacts To List of Chief Justice Applicants

In a rather unprecedented turn of events, the Judicial Service Commission on Wednesday evening released a list of applicants for the vacant office of the Chief Justice, in which all members of the current Supreme Court bench have kept off the race to replace Retired Chief Justice David Maraga.

In fact, not even the acting Chief Justice Lady Justice Philomena Mbete Mwilu applied to be considered for the position.

According to JSC, the likes of Justice Mohamed Khadhar Ibrahim and Justice Dr Smokin Wanjala did not send applications for the vacant position and neither had Lady Justice Njoki Susanna Ndung’u nor Justice Isaac Lenaola by the time the commission closed the submission of applications.

Further, it was disclosed that only 13 individuals, some of them including former Director of Public Prosecutions Philip Kipchirchir Murgor and renowned court of appeal judge Lady Justice Martha Koome, showed an interest in succeeding David Maraga.

Fredrick Ngatia, one of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s personal lawyers, is among applicants for the position.

Others are Prof Otinga Mare, Prof. Dr. Dr. Moni Wekesa, Hon. Mr Justice William Ouko, Hon. Mr. Justice D.K. Marete, Alice Jepkoech Yano, Hon. Mr. Justice Mathew N. Nduma, Prof Patricia K. Mbote, Said Juma Chitembwe, Otondi Ontweka, and Ombongi Brian Matagaro.

Joining other Kenyans in reacting to the list of candidates, Senior Counsel Ahmednasir Abdullahi took to his heavily followed Twitter account and posted a screengrab of the statement, and without necessarily pointing out which ones exactly, used the caption “Some GREAT candidates, some AVERAGE candidates and a few DISASTERS…”

The next CJ is going to be an “unknown” & basically a puppet,” opined one netizen.

“Keep an eye on Justice William Ouko, Justice Martha Koome and Philip Murgor,” wrote another Kenyan.

JSC Secretary Anne Amadi says that submissions of applications closed on February 9, 2021, at 5 pm.

Subsequently, the commission will now proceed to shortlist and publicise the list within 14 days as provided in the First Schedule of the Judicial Service Act.

Out of the 13 names of applicants for the position of Chief Justice, who do you think will have it? Let us know in the comments section.

Meanwhile, check out what other tweeps had to say on the list.

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