President Uhuru Kenyatta has defended his decision to reject the 6 nominees from their appointment as judges out of the 40 that were nominated by the Judiciary Service Commission.

In his speech during the swearing-in of the 34 judges he appointed at State House on June 4, 2021, the head of state subtly mooted that he rejected the 6 nominees on matters of integrity.

Uhuru presiding over the swearing-in of the 34 newly appointed judges. PHOTO/PSCU

His decision, he said, was informed by materials in the hands of the National Intelligence Service (NIS) and other security organs.

“Just like you today, I too took an oath to both the letter and the spirit of the law; and it is not open to me as to turn a blind eye to reports of our state organs,” said Uhuru.

Uhuru addressing the newly appointed judges. PHOTO/PSCU

The 6 nominees whose names were rejected include:

Aggrey Muchelule

George Odunga

Joel Ngugi

Judith Omange Cheruiyot

Makori Evans Kiago

Weldon Korir

The Chief Justice Martha Koome in a statement asked the president to consider appointing the 6 nominees as judges drawing his attention to the increasing backlog of cases at the Judiciary.

The 34 judges who took oath now join the other 13 serving judges in the country.

The president charged them with the responsibility to serve Kenyans with dedication, unfailing integrity, commitment and constancy to the oath they took.

President Uhuru and the newly appointed judge. PHOTO/PSCU

“Let your actions and decisions be guided solely on unbiased and faithful application of the constitution and our written laws; our principles and values as a nation; and the overriding interests of justice,” advised the president.

The country’s attention in now directed to the CJ and her team to determine the fate of the 6 rejected nominees