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Judges sworn in amid opposition

02 July 2014, 11:21

Nairobi - The President and the Chief Justice defied the magistrates’ and lawyers’ opposition to the composition of the eleven judges and continued to preside over their swearing into office.

The judges were sworn in after almost a year since the Judicial Service Commission began the search for 40 new judges to increase the number of officers who are available to hear cases across the country.

Speaking during the swearing in ceremony, CJ Willy Mutunga said that for a long time, the judiciary had operated below the established capacity.

“The aggressive hiring exercise carried out in the past two years has only met half of the capacity required to clear the backlog of old cases as well as deal with new matters being filed, which are rising by the day,” he said.

He added that the appointment of the 11 new judges would go some way in meeting the justice demands that the people of Kenya continue to make on the Judiciary.

“Our people are crying out for justice, and it is our duty to ensure that they get it expeditiously,” he said.

President Uhuru Kenyatta said that the process of appointing the additional judges recommended by the Judicial Service Commission is in progress and consultations between his office and the CJ as the chairperson of the JSC are in progress.  

“It is important to ensure that individuals appointed to advance the course of justice are persons of integrity and adhere to our national values. I urged the newly appointed Judges and the Judiciary as a whole to be mindful of the role they play in society in light of the various challenges facing the nation today,” said the President.

 The new judges are Justus Momanyi Bwonwong’a, Joseph Louis Omondi Onguto, Roselyne Ekirapa Aburill, Enock Chacha Mwita, Robert Kipkoech Limo and Charles Kariuki Mutungi, Anthony Charo Mrima, Janet Nzilani Mulwa, Crispin Beda Nagillah, Farah Amin Shaikh Mohamed and Margaret Waringa Muigai.

 – CAJ News

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