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LSK Rift Valley doubts JSC's ability

23 July 2012, 09:25 Steve Wambugu

The Law Society of Kenya(LSK) Rift Valley Chapter has cast doubt on the ability of the Judicial Service Commission -JSC to do its work professionally.

In statement read by the chairman Kipkoech Ng’etich in Nakuru on Monday, the society said that it was unfortunate that JSC had cleared justices Mohammed Ibrahim and Roselyne Nambuye to hold positions in the appellate court yet the judges and magistrates vetting board declared them unfit to continue serving in the judiciary.

He said that similar acts by the JSC in future will out rightly make members of the public doubt the ability of the commission to deliver the expected of it.

The society however pledged its support for the entire process of vetting saying that the judiciary can only execute its mandate under the constitution by ensuring equality of the law.

Ng’etich said that Kenyans have said they want a trusted judiciary and one that they can entrust their disputes knowing that they will be resolved fairly without a speck of doubt.

Similary, the society called on the attorney general to restore the mandate of vetting of magistrates and judges to the judges and magistrates vetting board saying that the JSC has a lower threshold of vetting.

Regarding the appointment of county commissioners, the society observed that it was the people driven constitution that issued orders against them and that they should vacate office awaiting legislation on the restructuring of the provincial administration.

Ng’etich said that the society will soon move to court to have several members of the executive involved in the disobedience of the court order declared to have violated the constitution and therefore unfit to hold public office.


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