18 February 2013

Kenya: Interviews for DCJ Post Begin

Interviews for the post of Deputy Chief Justice have begun today.The five candidates who had been shortlisted from a field of 18 candidates are being interviewed by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).

The JSC is examining the eligibility of Dr. Phoebe Nyawade, Justice Kalpana Rawal, Ambassador Raychelle Omamo and lawyers Lucy Kambuni and Joyce Majiwa.

The proceedings that are currently ongoing at the Supreme Court chambers will seek to fill the post that fell vacant following the resignation of Nancy Baraza.

Baraza resigned following a recommendation by a committee constituted to investigate her conduct in an incident where she was accused of gross misconduct.

In December 2011 Baraza was involved in an altercation with a guard at the Village Market where she is accused of pinching a guard's nose, threatening to kill her and proceeding to brandish a gun at Rebecca Kerubo, the guard in question.

Once the JSC settles on a candidate, the name will be forwarded to the president who will in turn present the name to the floor (Parliament) for approval or rejection.

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