By Derrick Kiplagat
The government is yet to decide whether it is former speaker of the National Assembly Kenneth Marende or former Constitution Implementation Commission Chair Charles Nyachae to succeed Chief Justice Willy Mutunga when he retires in June this year. There has been thorough lobbying for the CJ position ahead of Mutunga’s exit.
Former speaker Marende, who is currently the chair of the Kenya Power Board of Directors said, he has what it takes to offer leadership that can bring change and meet Kenyans’ desires and aspirations. Marende added that, having been hailed as a Solomonic leader during his stint at the Parliament, overseeing the birth of the new Constitutions, his track record and broad experience just speaks for itself. He said, “If they give me an opportunity to serve in that office, I think I have the ability to serve. My ability to preside speaks for itself. I have been tested tried and proven.”
Being the leader of one arm of the government (Judiciary) will be just similar to what he did as the head of the Legislature at the height of bitter politics during the Grand Coalition tenure.
On the other hand, Nyachae’s tenure as the head of CIC expired last December, seeing him retiring to a private life. These revelations have intensified the succession battles for Judiciary’s top job. The Chief Justice also doubles as the the President of the Supreme Court and the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) chair.
The Supreme court bench is set to have a new look as Deputy CJ Kalpana Rawal and Justice Tonui are set to retire after attaining the age of 70 which is stated in the new constitution. They have however appealed against the JSC’s decision to retire them at 70 and not 74 years as stated in the old constitution.