MARTHA KOOME BECOMES KENYA’s FIRST FEMALE CHIEF JUSTICE

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The President in a gazette issued today, 19th May, approved Lady Justice Martha Koome as the Chief Justice.

Martha Koome becomes the first-ever female Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya.

Earlier today, the nomination of Martha was unanimously approved by the National Assembly.

Muturi Kigano who is the chair of the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee had ascertained his trust in Martha’s ability to transform the judiciary.

Martha is a wife, a mother and comes from firm family background. She has a wide experience in family law and children‘s rights. And she has a vision to revolutionize the judiciary and eliminate corruption. Said Kigano.

Ms Koome has also worked in the legal profession for thirty-three years. And she had been among nine other applicants who sought to succeed former Chief Justice David Maraga.

President Uhuru had forwarded her name to Parliament for approval on April 28. That was after she beat the other nine candidates including judges, prominent lawyers in private practice and law scholars. 

Martha Koome, 61, has the option of retiring after attaining the age of 65.

By Wanjiru Mbaru

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