Martha Koome nominated for the position of Chief Justice, name forwarded to President Kenyatta

Justice Martha Koome Karambu has been nominated by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) for the position of Chief Justice.

Her name has been forwarded to President Uhuru Kenyatta for the appointment.

Justice Koome will become the first female president of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kenya if the president appoints her.

“Our duty was to select the best candidate and that’s what we have done,” Prof Olive Mugenda, who chaired the selection interviews, said on why the JSC will not release the scores for each candidate.

She pursued her law degree at the University of Nairobi where she graduated in 1986 before proceeding to the Kenya School of Law in 1987.

She set up her private legal practice in 1988, then later joined the Judiciary in 2003 and practiced across various stations all over the country, during which time she also served as a council member of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK).

She proceeded to the University of London where she completed her Master’s degree (LL.M) in Public International Law in 2010.

In 2011, she was elevated to the Court of Appeal and, in September that same year, she was elected the Chairperson of the Kenya Magistrates and Judges Association.

Throughout her career, Lady Justice Koome has distinguished herself as a champion for the rights of women and the welfare of children.

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