Why is JSC a rogue institution?

Olive Mugenda

Judicial Service Commission chairperson Prof Olive Mugenda, flanked by commissioners, announces their nomination of Justice Martha Koome’s nomination as the Chief Justice at the Supreme Court buildings in Nairobi on April 27. 

Photo credit: File | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • Despite several efforts by civil society groups, the JSC refused to make public the grading scheme and scores for the 2016 CJ interviews.
  • I believed by the failure to abide by the predicates of transparency – which the Constitution unequivocally commands – the JSC was engaged in an illegality. 

In September 2016, I was interviewed by the Judicial Service Commission for the office of the Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kenya. I wasn’t offered the job. That’s the only substantive official position I’ve sought in Kenya since I became a lawyer decades ago.

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