INTERVIEWS

JSC must pick new Chief Justice wisely

In Summary
  • The JSC must put the nation ahead of their political, social and economic inclinations
  • Kenya needs a Chief Justice with unwavering fidelity to the law and the ability to navigate the perilous political waters
Chief Justice David Maraga
Chief Justice David Maraga
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An independent Judiciary is the bedrock of every democracy.

Today the Judicial Service Commission starts the tough task of finding the successor to former Chief Justice David Maraga.

The men and women who enjoy the rare honour and responsibility of interviewing the CJ candidates must put the nation ahead of their political, social and economic inclinations.

Former US President Andrew Jackson once said all rights secured by citizens under the Constitution are worth nothing, and a mere bubble, except guaranteed to them by an independent and virtuous Judiciary.

Kenya needs a Chief Justice with unwavering fidelity to the law and the ability to navigate the perilous political waters and strike a working relationship within and without the Judiciary.

The candidate the JSC picks should be one who cannot be swayed by the Executive and well grounded with the integrity to defend the Constitution.

If Kenya has a chief justice who defends the law it will be difficult for the Executive and Legislature to make laws that violate rights or even mutilate the Constitution because the courts will put a stop to it.

Political considerations and ethnic balance should not be major considerations in the appointment of the next chief justice.

Quote of the Day: “Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character.”

Henry Clay

The American politician known as ‘the Great Compromise’ was born on April 12, 1777