Lawyers protest CJ shortlist; demand explanation from JSC

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Law Society of Kenya chairman Isaac Okero together with other lawyers addresses the media in Nairobi.

Lawyers have highly condemned the move by Judicial Service Commission to exclude some candidates from CJ shortlist calling for the JSC to make public considerations used to arrive at the short list of six candidates of the 14 people who applied to be Kenya’s next Chief Justice.

Lawyers have protested the move by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to shortlist only six. Lawters led by the Law Society of Kenya president Isaac Okero on Wednesday said the JSC must explain the criteria they used to lock out the other eight candidates.

The JSC has found itself at the centre of a heated debate after big names like Supreme Court judge Jackton Ojwang, former anti-corruption Czar Aaron Ringera and vocal human rights activist Makau Mutua were eliminated.

In support of the lawyers is the public, there has been immense uproar on social media circles with many accusing the JSC of excluding some candidates on unclear basis.

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KOT has supported the LSK’s push to have the reasons for excluding major names from the CJ race made public.

The six now battling for the top job are Justices Smokin Wanjala, Msagha Mbogoli, Alnashir Visram, Roselyne Nambuye and David Maraga, with senior counsel Nzamba Kitonga being the only candidate who is not a sitting judge.

The LSK said it had also written to the JSC to shortlist candidates for the Deputy Chief Justice post.

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