The Council of Governors (CoG) has urged the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to exercise transparency and professionalism when interviewing and appointing the next Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court.
This follows an early retirement of Dr Willy Mutunga mid last month, after serving for five years.
CoG chairman Peter Munya said Kenyans’ trust in the Judiciary will depend on the appointment and vetting exercise of the shortlisted candidates, adding that is should not be biased.
This even as the deadline for receiving applications for the position of Chief Justice ended on Friday 8th July, 2016 at 5pm.
JCS extended the deadline from yesterday to today due to the Eid-ul-Fitr Public Holiday, which would disadvantage applicants by shortening the application period by a day.
Applicants for the Chief Justice position are required to have been a judge of the High Court or Court of Appeal for 15 years.
Controversial US based law Professor Makau Mutua, former Speaker of the National Assembly Kenneth Marende, Supreme Court Judge Smokin Wanjala, Court of Appeal Judges Alnashir Vishram and David Maranga, High Court Judges Richard Mwongo and Msagah Mbogholi are said to have sent their applications seeking to succeed Dr Mutunga.
Lady Justices Martha Koome, Lydia Achode and Agnes Murgor are among seven others who are said to have applied for the position of the Deputy Chief Justice, to replace Kalpana Rawal who retired after hitting the seventy-years retirement age.
Moi University Faculty of Law Dean, John Chebii and High Court Judge Isaac Lenaola have on the other hand applied for the position of the Supreme Court judge following the retirement of Philip Tunoi.