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Kenya: Soweto – All Credit Goes to Ruto for Appointment of Judges, JSC Failed

Nairobi — Human rights crusader Julie Soweto has lauded President William Ruto’s move to appoint six judges rejected by his predecessor Uhuru Kenyatta.

In a commentary shared on her social media account on Thursday, Soweto who represented Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga in a Supreme Court petition against Ruto’s election, said the President takes “all the credit.”

Soweto pointed out that the breakthrough on the six judges who had to wait for three years to be sworn in was the intervention of President Ruto castigating the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) for failing to fight for the appointment of the judges and enforce court orders on the matter.

The counsel faulted the commission led by Chief Justice Martha Koome for failing to take actions within their constitutional mandate to object the “unlawful discrimination” of the judges.

“All credit however goes to the President for doing the right thing; not the JSC that failed to perform its Constitutional mandate when the Judges were under assault,” Soweto tweeted.

Shortly after being sworn as the Chief Justice, Koome had sought to iron out the stalemate on the swearing in of the six judges through talks with President Kenyatta.

President Kenyatta however remained adamant on refusal to appoint the six judges citing adverse reports by the country’s intelligence community.

The JSC went ahead to initiate the hiring of an additional seven Court of Appeal judges amid a protest from a section of lawyers who insisted on the need to prioritize four appellate court judges whose formal appointment was pending.