Uasin Gishu Woman Rep Glady Shollei has criticised President Uhuru Kenyatta for failing to appoint the 6 judges presented to him by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).
Shollei who is a former Judiciary Registrar said the appointment of judges is not dependent on what the president feels as the constitution is very clear on what to do if the said judges are found to be unfit.
“The Constitution does not allow the President to decide he has a bad feeling about a judge. it’s not about his feeling. it is about what the law says,” she said in an interview with Citizen TV on Monday, June 7.
President Uhuru declined to appoint High Court Judges Joel Ngugi, George Odunga, Aggrey Muchelule and Weldon Korir to the Court of Appeal.
He also rejected JSC’s recommendations to appoint Judith Omange and Evans Makori as judges in the Lands and Environment Court.
Shollei’s sentiments are similar to that of newly sworn in Chief Justice Martha Koome who asked the president to appoint the remaining 6 judges as proposed by the Judicial Service Commission which interviewed them.
In a statement on Friday, Koome urged the President to appoint the remaining six judges citing that the Judiciary is still in dire need amid an increasing backlog of cases.
“The Judiciary is still in dire need as the backlog of cases is increasing. We should find a lasting solution so that moving forward, this kind of delay and misunderstanding will be a thing of the past,” Koome said.
While Kenyans linked Uhuru’s move of rejecting the six nominees to the recent quashing of BBI bill and the nullification of the 2017 presidential results, Uhuru defended his move on why he rejected the six.
He said the six nominees had integrity issues. Word has it the president relied on intelligence report on the six from the National Intelligence Service (NIS).