GLADYS SHOLLEI ON JUDGES' APPOINTMENT; PRESIDENT KENYATTA DID THE RIGHT THING IN APPOINTING 34 JUDGES
President Uhuru Kenyatta's move to appoint the 34 judges was the right thing to do. This was a nice agreed upon by Uasin Gishu Woman Representative, Gladys Boss Shollei. Based on her argument, Shollei insisted that the judges rightfully took their oath of office and people should stop saying they should not have done it. She was speaking on Monday when she appeared on a local TV station.
Except for stay orders, according to the former Chief Registrar of the Judiciary, the Court of Appeal has not been hearing any cases.
"It was the right thing to appoint the 34 judges because there are a lot of cases that have stalled at the Court of Appeal," Shollei said.
She added, "There are people who have lost their lives because there were no cases being heard at the Court of Appeal. If I was the Chief Justice, for the sake of the people of Kenya, it was the right thing for 34 judges to take the oath of office to rescue the court of appeal."
Because his job is not to cherry-pick who becomes a judge and who doesn't, Shollei noted that the President defied the constitution.
She added that if President Kenyatta has anything against the six judges whose names he rejected, he should prepetition the judicial Service Commission for prompt action.
In an event presided over by President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House Nairobi, the 34 Judges took the oath of office on Friday, June 4, 2021.
They will serve in the Court of Appeal, Environment and Lands Court, and the Employment and Labour Relations Court. Uhuru asked the judges to act without bias, in his remarks after the event.
“That your actions and decisions be guided slowly on the unbiased and faithful application of the Constitution and our written laws, our principles and values as a nation, and the overriding interest of justice,” Uhuru said.
The six judges whose names the President rejected have integrity issues that had been detailed by the National Intelligence Service and other security agencies. They include; Aggrey Muchelule, George Odunga, Weldon Korir, and Prof Joel Ngugi who were recommended for the Court of Appeal. Others are Judith Omange and Evans Makori as Judges in the Lands and Environment court.