More judges axed in the ongoing Judges and Magistrates’ vetting exercise
Written by Carolyn Wamalwa
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Supreme Court Judge Mohammed Ibrahim and Justice Roseline Nambuye of the appellate court have been declared unfit to serve in the Judiciary by the Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board.
In a statement read by the vetting board chairman Sharad Rao, it was revealed that the decision to declare the two unfit was based on grounds that Judge Mohammed Ibrahim habitually delayed delivering case rulings, whereas judge Nambuye was disqualified on the basis of what the board termed as inefficiency and poor time management skills.
The board further in their verdict cleared Court Of Appeal Judge Hanah Okwengu and Kihara Kariuki as well as Supreme Court Judge Jackton Ojwang as suitable to continue serving in the Kenyan courts.
Ojwang was commended as a dedicated judiciary servant under whose tenure had successfully cleared over 140 court cases.
The dismissed judges join four other Court of appeal judges who were in April this year declared unsuitable to serve in their capacity as judges by the same board after a thorough vetting process.
The four justices Riaga Amollo, Samuel Bosire, Emmanuel O’kubasu and Joseph Nyamu have since appealed and the decision of the vetting board.
Rao disclosed that a verdict on three more judges who had undergone the vetting process is on hold for reasons that the judges: Martha Koome, Kalpana Rawal and David Maraga were in the process of determining a crucial ruling as concerns the forthcoming general elections’ date.
The vetting of the Magistrates and Judges is a step towards the reforms progress in the judiciary as recommended amongst other key reforms as outlined under Agenda 4 reforms.
The ruling of the board cannot be challenged before any court or other body.