Lady Justice Martha Koome has made history by becoming the first female Chief Justice in Kenya.
On April 27, the Judicial Service Commission announced she had trounced other big names to inch closer to becoming the third Chief Justice in Kenya and the 2010 constitution.
Later on, National Assembly approved her appointment on May 19, paving the way for her appointment by the president and then swearing-in.
Many leaders have come out to congratulate Martha Koome after her swearing-in ceremony held at the State House.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday, May 22, witnessed the swearing-in of Lady Justice Martha Karambu Koome as the new Chief Justice of Kenya and President of the Supreme Court, and Justice William Okello Ouko as a Supreme Court judge
While apologising for the delay of swearing-in, the Head of State reminded CJ and the judge to uphold the oath of office they as expected by the constitution.
Addressing journalists after swearing-in, Koome vowed to guard the independence of the Judiciary.
“I have no difficulties to state that the independence of the Judiciary cannot be interfered with. Our decision making, hiring of staff is protected in the Constitution. Any party trying to direct how the Judiciary should decide a matter would be interfering with the Constitution,” she said.
The political class and Kenyans of goodwill flooded social media to congratulate Koome for breaking history as the first-ever female president of the Judiciary system.
Former CJ David Maraga while congratulating her wished Koome all the best as she officially assumes office.
Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto while congratulating Koome said her swearing-in is bright dawn to deliver overdue justice.