Havi threatens action against JSC if Chief Justice interview scores are not released

Havi threatens action against JSC if Chief Justice interview scores are not released

Law Society of Kenya President Nelson Havi has threatened to initiate a petition before National Assembly for removal of JSC commissioners.

This is if the Judicial Service Commission does not release and make transparent the scorecard of the 10 persons who were interviewed for the position of Chief Justice.

“Failure or refusal to accord this request will compel the initiation of a petition to the National Assembly for the removal of all the commissioners of JSC,’’ his statement reads.

According to Havi, it is important that the scorecard of all the candidates be made transparent before approval by the National Assembly.

He claims that the JSC commissioners altered marks for one of the candidates interviewed for Chief Justice.

The LSK President further claims that the four hours between the time that the Court of Appeal rendered its ruling, and the announcement by JSC of its nominee, supports the inference that the entire process was a sham.

Havi further claims that the allegations of interference in the decision of the four commissioners are grave.

“In absence of a marking scheme or scorecard upon with each candidate is asserted, the credibility of scores given to individual candidates and skewed in favour of one is an issue that cannot be overlooked,” he said.

He further argues that the complaint by one of the candidate that his results were altered by four commissioners, a few minutes to the announcement by the JSC, raises legitimate apprehension.

Havi claims that the decision of the Court of Appeal and the announcement by JSC were coordinated and choreographed.

He insists that Justice Martha Koome is not suitable because in 2017, at the Court of Appeal, she stayed a High Court order relating to returning officers.

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