5 December 2012

Kenya: 12 Apply for Post of Deputy Chief Justice

Photo: Daily Nation
Judges taking the oath of office (file photo).

Some 12 Kenyans have applied for the position of deputy Chief Justice which fell vacant after Nancy Baraza resigned in October. However it is not known who the 12 are because the judicial service commission is yet to open the applications.

The 12 applications were received after the judicial service commission place an advertisement in the local newspapers. The JSC has extended the deadline of the application to December 27 saying it is necessary to do so because of the importance of the office.

According to sources in the judiciary, the JSC decided to extend the deadline for the application to give more time to Kenyans who might be interested in the job but could not prepare their papers on time.

The office of deputy CJ came into existence with the promulgation of the new constitution. Baraza was found unfit by a tribunal which investigated her conduct after a complaint was filed against her by security guard Rebecca Kerubo over an assault at Village Market on new year's eve.

The security guard complained that Baraza pinched her nose and threatened to shoot her after she tried to screen her at the entrance to the shopping mall.

Baraza appealed against the tribunal's decision but later quit saying she will not get justice from the Supreme Court following comments made by chief justice Willy Mutunga who heads the court.

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