Martha Karua has criticised the Judicial Service Commission for rejecting Makau Mutua’s application for the Chief Justice position.
The Narc Kenya party leader said JSC should tell Kenyans the criteria used to shortlist candidates .
“The public have a right to know. The JSC appears to have relied on extraneous considerations in refusing to shortlist Prof Makau Mutua for post of CJ, which is unacceptable,” she said on Tuesday.
In her reply to a tweet, Karua accused the commission of championing an institution that is pro-president Uhuru Kenyatta.
Twitter user @CheAdv had said Kenyans need an impartial leader to succeed Willy Mutunga who retired last month.
Karua replied: “JSC appears to be looking for a pro @UKenyatta CJ. CJ is not by any imagination an employee of the President![sic]”
But the Narc leader was criticised by some users for her position on the matter.
“You cannot badmouth your potential employer and expect to be allowed past the gate,” wrote Laban Mwaura Mwariri.
Nash Muiru said: “Mama, I thought u knew that pride comes before a fall, that principle applies to all including Mutua and you [sic].”
Other users accused the JSC of bias while some praised the institution for rejecting Mutua.
“JSC is controlled by cartels who have blessings from the house above. No way Mutua would be shortlisted,” said Anto Fazul.
David Ndiritu Mwangi wrote: “JSC did a commendable job. Makau Mutua is too liberal. He should denounce his support for gays 1st before thinking of becoming CJ [sic].”
Mutua’s application for the position of CJ was rejected on Tuesday.
Six candidates were shortlisted – justices Smokin Wanjala, Alnashir Visram, Roselyne Nambuye, David Maraga, Mbogholi Msagha and Philip Nzamba.
Mutua is a distinguished scholar who submitted a 71-page CV but concern was expressed over his controversial weekly opinion columns in the Nation and Standard.
By Justus Atuti
News doing rounds indicate that, for some reasons, the Body constitutionally mandated to advertise, shortlist and finally interview the Chief Justice candidate, the JSC, has rejected the application of Prof. Makau Mutua at the very initial stage.
As a Kenyan, I condemn this action, this step and this move with the highest terms possible.
We earlier saw Jubilee craft a law to give them power to pick a candidate from 3 selected by the JSC, as opposed to one, a move that was not in the interest of Kenyans and one that ran against the spirit of constitutionalism. It was reversed by the court. This was a clear indication that, Jubilee had someone in mind and a someone they knew didn’t meat the qualiifications, and had to use all powers possible to appoint a candidate of their choice to champion their interests and not those of Kenya as a nation.
Makau Mutua set the standards at the highest, having had the very best CV that none of the existing candidates had. Mutua had the best above all candidates and rejecting his appliation at the initial stage is an indication of how the JSC is running out of ideas and is insincere.
To add insults on top of the injury on kenyans, one community has been all over the media saying and discussing why Makau Mutua will not be the next CJ, that, should he be the next CJ, he will never swear in Uhuru as the next president of Kenya.
This is a very unfortunate scenereo that all Kenyans must reject and condemn. The JSC should not base their decision on the street peddling leaning along a tribe and treachery, to thwart the efforts of Mutua ascending to the position of the CJ.having met the best qualifications so far.
It is unethical and a deliberate move by JSC to reject other Kenyans from serving in our nation, just because they don’t champion the interests of the leaders to be.
For how long are we going to sit on the fence to watch a community manipulating our nation for their own interest at the expense of our nationalism?
JSC, YOU MUST COME CLEAN ON MAKAU MUTUA APPLICATION AND ASSURE KENYANS THAT IT WAS NOT BASED ON MUTAHI NGUNYI’S WORDS. WE WONDER WHEN AND HOW MUTAHI NGUNYI BECAME JSC, AND WHEN JSC BECAME MUTAHI NGUNYI…..