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LSK takes Uhuru to court in judges row

10 July 2014, 18:31 William Korir

Nairobi - The Law Society of Kenya LSK has gone to court to force president Uhuru Kenyatta to swear in 14 new judges.

The LSK is wondering why the president has taken seven months to swear in the 14 judges whilst they were approved by the Judiciary Service Commission JSC long ago.

Lawyer Nzamba Gitonga is on record as asking why the president has refused to swear in the 14 even though the constitution compels him to do so after receiving names from the JSC.

The LSK says that the president, once the JSC has given out its list has no option but to swear them in, something he has not done.

The 25 were forwarded by the president in January but only 11 were appointed last week by the president, raising eyebrows as to why he has not sworn in the rest.

Riechi Stephen Nyang’au, Sewe Olga Aluoch, Winfrida Adhiambo Okwany, Otieno Patrick Okwaro, Robert Kipkoech Limo, Anthony Kimani Ndung’u and Mugure Thande. Others are Margaret Njoki Mwangi, Githinji Stephen Murugu, Dorah O. Chepkwony, Ongeri Asaneth Nyaboke, Kiarie Waweru Kiarie, Njuguna Lucy Mwihaki and Mativo Muting’a John are the ones pending to be appointed.

The president last week said that he was taking his time so background checks be done on the 14 individuals.

The LSK though, believes that it is unlawful for the president to declare so while the JSC's job is actually to vet judges.

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