President William Ruto, on Wednesday, December 7, presided over the swearing-in of 20 judges of the High Court at State House, Nairobi.
The event that kicked off at 7 am saw High Court Judges take the oath of office, promising to dispense justice without fear or favour.
Ruto appointed the judges on Tuesday, December 6, via a gazette notice after the Judicial Service Commission forwarded the names to him for the appointment.
According to JSC, the nominees were picked based on merit, gender, regional balance and affirmative action.
Former Chief Justice David Maraga (far right) poses for a photo with President William Ruto, DP Rigathi Gachagua, Chief Justice Martha Koome and Deputy CJ Philomena Mwilu during the swearing-in of six judges at State House Nairobi on Wednesday, September 14, 2022.
CJ Martha Koome
“The commission wishes to thank all the candidates and stakeholders for their participation in the recruitment and selection process,” Chief Justice Martha Koome lauded the appointments.
The judges were sworn-in at State House included Diana Mochache, Heston Nyaga, John Chigiti, Peter Mulwa, Lawrence Mugambi, Gregory Mutai, Robert Wananda, Samwel Mukira, Francis Ochieng, Fred Mugambi and Dennis Magare.
Others were Patricia Gichohi, Josephine Mongare, Patricia Nyaundi, Diana Kavedza, Sophie Chirchir, Mwaisha Said, Florence Macharia, Teresa Achieng and Aleem Visram in the same capacity.
This marked President Ruto’s second event in which he presided over the swearing-in of judges.
The first event occurred on September 14, 2022, two days after taking the oath of office as President of the Republic of Kenya.
Ruto had promised Kenyans that he would preside over the swear-in of six judges rejected by former President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Uhuru rejected the six Court of Appeal judges citing integrity issues gathered by the investigative agencies.
The six Court of Appeal judges were among 40 others nominated after a rigorous vetting exercise by the JSC between July and August 2019.
President William Ruto (centre) with a group of Judicial officers after swearing-in of Judges at State House on September 14, 2022.