A case filed in court by Katiba Institute has been opposed by Chief Justice Martha Koome. The case was aimed at challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta for failing to appoint six judges as recommended by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).
This occured in June, when President Kenyatta had appointed 34 judges from a list of 41 submitted by JSC and left out George Odunga, Aggrey Muchelule, Joel Ngugi, Weldon Korir, Judith Cheruiyot and Evans Makori.
Katiba Institute is seeking to compel the President to approve the nomination of the six remaining judges without further delay; but in an unexpected move and what appears to be a U-turn on Koome’s stand on the matter, the CJ has asked the court to dismiss the case.
The CJ, in her grounds of opposition, says the case filed by the activist group is bad in law, fatally defective and an abuse of the court process.