By Dan Nyamanga.
Nyamira Kenya 05 June 2021………. West Mugirango Member of Parliament (M.P) Vincent Kemosi has called on the President Uhuru Kenyatta to reconsider his decision of dropping six judges from
the list of 41 whose names had been forwarded by the Judicial Service
Commission (JSC) two years ago.
JSC recommended the names of 41 judges for appointment by President Kenyatta in 29 th July 2019; to the Court of Appeal, the Environment and Lands Court and the Employment and Labour Relations Court.
The M.P who was speaking on Friday during the burial of Mzee Samuel Obanyi, uncle to Kakamega Bishop Joseph Obanyi, at Nyakemincha Village said that President Kenyatta had violated the constitution by axing the six who according to JSC had qualified.
“Article 166, 1 (b) of the constitution of Kenya does not give the president powers to decide on who to appoint as high court judge or not.
Let him appoint all the judges as a package or drop them as a package as well, that is what our constitution says and should be followed as such”, said Kemosi.
In a Gazette notice issued on Thursday, president Kenyatta appointed 34 judges; 18 to the Environment and Lands Court and nine to the Employment and Labour relations Court and seven to the Court of Appeal.
The six who were axed without reason include Justices Aggrey Muchelule, George Odunga, Weldon Korir, and Prof Joel Ngugi who were set to join the Court of Appeal.
Meanwhile, the 34 were yesterday evening sworn into office by Uhuru Kenyatta at State House. The move has thrown the fate of the six into uncertainty.