JUDGE PHILOMENA MWILU POISED TO BE MADE KENYA’S DEPUTY CHIEF JUSTICE

The Judicial Service Commission has nominated Court of Appeal Judge Philomena Mwilu for the position of Deputy Chief Justice after vetting 13 applicants for the position.

The commission, which announced the nomination of Justice Mwilu here Monday, said in a statement that it had forwarded her name to President Uhuru Kenyatta, who will submit it to the National Assembly for vetting.

The position of deputy chief justice fell vacant after Justice Kalpana Rawal retired from the judiciary upon reaching the retirement age.

Appellate Judge Mwilu was picked after a vetting process which saw two applicants quit the race and one being disqualified for lacking the requisite legal competence to be interviewed for the position.

The commission’s vetting panel, through its Chairperson, Professor Margaret Kobia, said after lengthy deliberations, it settled on Lady Justice Mwilu for the position.

Justice Mwilu is best remembered for telling the vetting panel that she has no problem with polygamy, so long as it is done within the confines of the rule of law. She graduated from the University of Nairobi and was admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya in 1984.

She practised law in the firms of Muthoga Gaturu and Company and later Mutunga and Company Advocates and also worked as company secretary and headed a state corporation before being appointed a Judge of the High Court in 2007.

Lady Justice Mwilu also served in the Commercial Division in Nairobi, at the Eldoret High Court and the Civil Appeals sub-division of the High Court, the murder section of the Criminal Division and later headed the Environment and Land Division of the High Court.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.