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Chief Justice candidate, Lucy Wanja threatens role of media in courts

13 September 2016, 20:04

Nairobi – Legal advisor to the Land Cabinet Secretary, Lucy Wanja was interviewed on Tuesday for the position of Chief Justice threatening the medias role with court reporting.

According to the Daily Nation Wanja sent out a warning that if she is appointed media will no longer be allowed to report on court proceedings.

Wanja urged that the manner in which the media report on matters threatens judge’s independence as they could create the perception of bias when sentences are issued.

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She said judges will have to give permission if they permit their cases to be reported on.

Apart from her warning she was questioned by a panel who questioned her legal practices.

She was asked about gaps in her application such as failure to submit income declaration forms for the past three years.

The Star reported that Wanja is the second woman applicant to be interviewed.

Wanja and Justice Roselyn Nambuye are the only women out of the 13 applicants who sought to replace former CJ Willy Mutunga.

So far 10 candidates have been interviewed where Paul Udoto was forced to step down from the race because he did not meet the minimum requirements.

Law scholar Makau Mutua is yet have his interview on Wednesday and Supreme Court judge Jackton Ojwang will have his turn on the hot seat on Thursday.

So far the candidates who been interviewed include High Court judge Msagah Mbogholi, Appeal judge Alnashir Visram, lawyer Nzamba Kitonga, Supreme Court judge Smokin Wanjala, justice David Maraga, former anti-graft czar Aaron Ringera and lawyer Daniel Wambura.

 “The proceedings have so far gone well and more candidates are scheduled for interview. We as LSK support the process,” he said. Okero added it is premature to give a position.

The JSC will take a break of about two weeks after interviewing Justice Ojwang’, before resuming interviews for the position of Deputy Chief Justice.

Some 16 candidates have been lined up for the interviews. David Waihiga is the only man on the list.

Unlike the interviews for CJ, two candidates will be interviewed each day for the position of DCJ.

One will appear in the morning and the other in the afternoon. High Court Judge Abida Ali-Aroni will be the first to appear before the panel on September 26

She will be followed by Court of Appeal judge Agnes Murgor in the afternoon.

The Supreme Court is currently paralysed. It lacks quorum after three judges exited in June. As composed, the court can only hear very urgent matters that can be handled by a single judge.

- News24

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