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Six judges must be appointed- CJ Koome

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[President Uhuru Kenyatta with CJ Martha Koome. Photo/Courtesy].

Chief Justice Martha Koome has demanded for an appointment of the six judges omitted from the list of those gazetted.

Speaking during the swearing-in of Court of Appeal president Daniel Musinga, CJ Koome said the moment was bitter-sweet, because four judges – who were to be appointed to the Appellate court were absent for unknown reason.

“I’m a judge and I do not want to enter into any controversy I call on President Uhuru to appoint the remaining six judges,” she said.

Judiciary under capture

Koome said the Judiciary is in danger of capture from agencies as well as “people I shall not name”.

The CJ also raised concerns about limited funding of the Judiciary and addressed National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi directly, saying that the Sh17 billion allocation was too little out of the Sh3.6 trillion Budget.

“If we have to tackle backlog of cases and adopt technology to enhance efficiency and improve infrastructure and taking Justice closer to the people, we require funds,” she noted.

President Uhuru Kenyatta declined to gazette the names of six judges citing integrity issues.

Aggrey Muchelule, George Odunga, Weldon Korir and Joel Ngugi were to serve in the Appellate court but their names were struck out.

President Uhuru gazetted the names of only 34 judges.