Court of Appeal halts appointment of 6 judges pending appeal by President Kenyatta

Court of Appeal halts appointment of 6 judges pending appeal by President Kenyatta

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  • CJ Martha Koome filed a notice of appeal, stating that the High Court’s judgment ordering her to swear in the judges if the president declined to do so is disgruntling.
  • The Appellate court judges have directed that the matter be mentioned before the court's President Daniel Musinga within 14 days.

The Court of Appeal has put on hold the High Court’s decision ordering the remaining six judges to be sworn in until an appeal filed against the decision is heard and determined.

Chief Justice Martha Koome filed a notice of appeal, stating that the High Court’s judgment ordering her to swear in the judges if the president declined to do so is disgruntling.

The Appellate court judges have directed that the matter be mentioned before the court's President Daniel Musinga within 14 days for further direction with a view to fast-tracking the case.

In October, the High Court gave President Uhuru Kenyatta 14 days to appoint six judges who were not promoted among 34 others in June 2021.

The nominees include judges Joel Ngugi, George Odunga, Aggrey Muchelule, Weldon Korir, who were nominated to the Appellate court, and Evans Kiago and Judy Omange to the Employment and Labour Relations court.