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Category : Judicial Reforms
Beyond Procedure, Let Merit Guide Judicial Nominations The People, Pg 8
Tuesday, 15 Feb 2011

Kennedy Buhere writes that the debate on the controversial nominees should shift to merit and suitability of the nominees. The nation needs a new CJ who will restore confidence in people and intepret the rule of law appropriately.

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Abdullahi: A Magnet for Controversy Saturday Nation, Pg 17
Thursday, 17 Feb 2011

There is an interview with JSC member Ahmednassir Abdullahi bordering on his professional undertakings and his new role as LSK member in the JSC.


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LSK Disowns Memo Rejecting Choice of Visram as Next CJ Sunday Nation
Saturday, 12 Feb 2011

LSK has disowned a memo declaring that nominee Alnashir Visram is unfit to be the next chief justice. LSK vice-chairperson Florence Kajuju said the lawyers had not sanctioned the memorandum sent to the justice and legal affairs committee. The memo attributed to LSK secretary Apollo Mboya accused

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Judges: MPs want the Executive in Check Sunday Nation, Pg 25
Wednesday, 30 Nov -0001

Parliament is now demanding legal guidelines on nomination of constitutional office holders to ward off acrimony in future. MPs have put the executive on notice that they will reject a proposed vetting law for judges and magistrates if a clause that gives Kibaki and Raila powers to override decis

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Give Us Bold Ruling, Group Urges Marende The Standard, Pg 7
Monday, 14 Feb 2011

Civil society activists want Marende to reject the nominees to constitutional offices to ensure a proper exercise is redone. They want a competitive hiring of the new office holders to instill the faith and confidence that has faded over time.

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Both the President and Prime Minister Violated Law by Ignoring the JSC Saturday Nation, Pg 13
Saturday, 05 Feb 2011

Okiya Omtatah Okoiti retorts that the two principals are wrong in the manner they handled the appointment of the next chief justice. The process should have started with the JSC recommending three names to them to pick one. The constitution is also clear on their need to consult widely before mak

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Raila’s Plan to Export Key Judicial Jobs a Grave Injustice for Kenya Saturday Nation, Pg 12
Saturday, 05 Feb 2011

Kwamchetsi Makokha says the act of Raila wanting the next CJ to come from any commonwealth country is a disservice. This is because Kenyans are well educated people capable of dispensing the required duties. It is important to have a Kenyan in order to inspire trust and challenge to others.

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Chief Justice: Kibaki Strategy is Self-Defeating The East African, Pg 18
Monday, 07 Feb 2011

Lynn Muthoni Wanyeki contends with the fact that the rush nomination of the CJ was done as a first way of evading the ICC. The appointment failed the constitutional test and also posed an impression of a strategy to defeat justice. Judge Visram also made an unprecedented judgment of awarding Nich

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