Court stops Uhuru from appointing Chief Justice
22 January 2016, 16:48
Nairobi - The High Court has stopped the President from appointing the Chief Justice as well as other senior leaders in the Judiciary.
President Uhuru Kenyatta had been handed express powers to appoint the CJ as well as as the deputy thanks to a Parliamentary decree.
In a report on The Standard, Judge Isaac Lenaola ordered the Judicial Service Commission not to advertise for the two positions until the matter is argued out and solved after the Law Society of Kenya went to court to challenge the decision.
The parties will appear for hearing on February 3.
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The Star further reports that lawyers Nzamba Gitonga, Tom Ojienda, Michael Muchemi and Peter Wanyama, the LSK amendment of Judicial Service Act requiring JSC to forward three names to the President and not one as previously provided.
Lenaola declined to suspend the implementation of the law saying he sees no reason to grant any temporary orders to suspend the law at that point.
The opposition has stated that the move to hand the President the power is suicidal as it compromises the autonomy of the Judiciary.
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