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MPs vow to reject Martha Koome’s nomination

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By Kevin Koech

The search for Kenya’s next Chief Justice came to an end early this week when the Judicial Service Commission nominated Lady Justice Martha Koome as retired Chief Justice David Maraga’s heir.

Koome’s nomination has continued to elicit a set of mixed reactions across the quarters with a section of Kenyans applauding, while others see it as an extended effort in attaining a gender balance in the country’s institutions.

Among the critics were Law Society of Kenya Nelson Havi argues that Koome is a candidate who is being secretly supported by the system to help them compromise the judiciary.

Amidst these divergent views, a section of legislators have also audaciously dismissed Koome’s nomination thus threatening to reject her nomination.

Lugari MP Ayub Savula has poked a hole on Koome’s nomination arguing that it is not acceptable to have all the 3 arms of the government led by people from the same region.

5 other MPs and 3 senators who wanted to remain anonymous revealed that they will raise the same issue nomination once she appears before the committee.

Koome’s name was fronted to president Kenyatta by the JSC and in turn, the president forwarded her name to parliament for vetting.

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