Activist Omtata Files Another Application Barring Ms. Mwilu From Acting As the CJ

Since Ms. Mwilu took over as the acting Chief Justice, various applications have been presented in court challenging her role owing to numerous cases touching on her conduct in office as the Deputy CJ.

Activist Omtata Files Another Application Barring Ms. Mwilu From Acting As the CJ
Outgoing CJ Maraga handing over to Mwilu before he left office. [Photo/ The Star]

In a fresh twist of events, Activist Okiya Omtata has reportedly filed an application, that seeks to have Ms. Philomena Mwilu stopped from being an Acting Chief Justice. 

In his application, Omtata argues that the interim CJ has been violating the law, since she took her office oath against Article 74 of the Constitution.

The CJ's office fell vacant following Justice David Maraga's retirement mid-last month after he clocked 70 years. To ensure that operations do not stall, CJ Maraga handed over to his deputy Ms. Philomena Mwilu, a role she was to hold until a suitable successor is identified. 

Yesterday, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) issued interview dates for contestants seeking to replace ex-CJ Maraga. Among those lined for the interview is Martha Koome, Fred Ngatia, Nderi Matthews, Wekesa Moni, Philip Murgor, Patricia Mbote, Njagi Marete, and Alice Yano.

The candidates are set to face the interview panel starting April 26, 2021, with each applicant being assigned a full day. JSC Secretary, Anne Amadi urged the public to submit any information deemed to be of interest in relation to the applicants. 

The interviewing panel will comprise of the acting CJ Ms. Mwilu, Prof. Olive Mugenda, Warsame Mohamed, Felix Kiptarus, Mercy Deche, David Majanja, Attorney-General Kihara, Patrick Gichohi, and Macharia Njeru.