President Uhuru Kenyatta has failed to appoint High Court judges who were part of a bench that declared the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill null and void to the Court of Appeal.

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High court judges Joel Ngugi and George odunga
High court judges Joel Ngugi and George odunga

President Uhuru Kenyatta failed to appoint High Court judges who were part of a bench that declared the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill null and void to the Court of Appeal.

In a Gazette Notice published on Thursday, June 3, Uhuru appointed 34 judges that had been recommended for appointment by the Judicial Service Commission.

The shocking part, was his decision to leave out six judges including some who sat on the bench that dismissed the BBI bill.

The judges rejected for their promotions are Justices Weldon Korir, Aggrey Muchelule, George Odunga and Prof. Joel Ngugi, Makori Evans Kiago and Judith Omange Cheruiyot.

The court of appeal judges who have been appointed include; Mbogholi Msagha, Omondi Hellen, Ngugi Grace, Francis Tuiyott, Pauline Nyaboke, Jessie Lesiit and Kibaya Laibuta.

Speaking to a local daily, Nairobi Lawyer Areba Omwoyo Samba welcomed the appointment noting it would go a long way in speeding up the dispensation of justice.

“I welcome the appointment of the 34which is good, it will help in reducing the backlog that we have,” Samba said.

He, however, had an issue with Uhuru’s decision to exclude the four judges.

High court judges Joel Ngugi and George odunga
High court judges Joel Ngugi and George odunga

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