The former Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Gladys Boss Shollei has defended President Uhuru Kenyatta over the appointment of 34 judges that has drawn criticism from various groups of people, including politicians.
The Uasin Gishu woman representative further supported the swearing-in of the judges that was held at State House on Friday, June 4.
She noted that there are backlog of cases in courts that need to be cleared, hence judges’ need.
“It was the right thing to appoint the 34 judges because there are a lot of cases that have stalled at the Court of Appeal.
“There are people who have lost their lives because there were no cases being heard at the Court of Appeal. If I was the Chief Justice, for the sake of the people of Kenya, it was the right thing for 34 judges to take the oath of office to rescue the court of appeal,” she said on Monday when appearing on Citizen TV show.
However, she urged the President to prepetition the Judicial Service Commission for prompt action if he has anything against the six judges who did not make it to the list of 34 judges published last week.
In the gazette notice dated June 3, President Kenyatta appointed seven Court of Appeal Judges, nine judges in the employment and labor relations court, and 18 in the environment and land court out of 41 submitted to him in 2019 by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC)-judges’ and Magistrates’ employer.
Among those rejected are justices George Odunga and Joel Ngugi, who were part of a five-judge bench that nullified the Constitution Amendment Bill, 2020, popularly known as Building Bridges Initiatives (BBI). Others are Weldon Korir, Aggrey Muchelule, Judith Omange, and Evans Makori.
Judges Aggrey Muchelule, George Odunga, Weldon Korir, and Joel Ngugi were recommended for the Court of Appeal, while Judith Omange and Evans Makori as Judges in the Lands and Environment court.
According to the President, the judges have questionable integrity as detailed by the National Intelligence Service (NIS) and other security agencies.
Several applications had been filed to force the President to appoint the six judges.