President Uhuru Kenyatta reveals his decision to reject 6 judges


President Uhuru Kenyatta has defended his decision to reject the nomination of six judges who had been recommended by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) for appointment.

The head of State has stated that the 6 nominees whom he rejected for the appointment had integrity issues that had been detailed by the National Intelligence Service (NIS) and other security agencies.

Attention now shifts to Chief Justice Martha Koome and the Judiciary Service Commission (JSC) to determine the next course of action for the 6 rejected judges.

On Friday, June 4, 2021 Uhuru hosted the swearing in ceremony of the 34 judges who were appointed to join the Court of Appeal, Lands and Environment High Court division as well as the Employment and Labour Relations Court.

The President was responding to criticism from a section of Kenyans after he declined to appoint High Court Judges; Joel Ngugi, George Odunga, Aggrey Muchelule and Weldon Korir to the Court of Appeal.

He also rejected JSC’s recommendation to appoint Judith Omange and Evans Makori as judges in the Lands and Environment Court.

“Just like you today, I too took an oath to both the letter and the spirit of the law; and it is not open to me as to turn a blind eye to reports of our state organs,” Uhuru said.

The President rejected the names of Ngugi and Odunga who sat in the 5-judge High Court bench that declared the constitutional amendment through popular initiative as unconstitutional, null and void.

“As long as I serve as President, I will choose the right over the convenient; I will choose the hard over the easy, and I am not doing this for myself, but for the people of Kenya and for posterity,” he added.

He called upon the newly appointed Judges to serve Kenyans with integrity.

“All of those that are honoured with the service to the nation; the Judiciary, the Executive, or the Legislature, we have a collective duty to service the people of Kenya, all 50 million of them both here at home and abroad. We are one government bound together by our common duty to deliver the hopes and dreams of Kenya,” the Head of State stated.

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