The Learned Men, Women Who’ll Decide Nasa’s Fate
When the then Cord coalition challenged the election of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto in 2013 at the Supreme Court, the case was heard by seven judges led by then Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court Willy Mutunga.
The others were justices Philip Tunoi, Jackton Ojwang, Mohamed Ibrahim, Smokin Wanjala, and Njoki Ndung’u.
The then deputy CJ Nancy Baraza had been sacked after a tribunal found her guilty of misconduct in December 2011. Lady Justice Kalpana Rawal had been nominated to replace her but was ineligible At the time because the appointment had not been approved by the Parliament.
Since then four of the judges have left the topmost court and have been replaced by a new team.The yet-to-be-filed petition by National Super Alliance (Nasa) leaders challenging the re-election of Uhuru and Ruto for the second and final term will be heard by the new CJ David Maraga, his deputy Lady Justice Philomena Mwilu, and Justice Isaac Lenaola, who replaced Tunoi. The trio will join the other four appointed at the inception of the Supreme Court.
The profiles Before his elevation to the top seat, Justice Maraga, was the presiding judge of the Court of Appeal in Kisumu.
He was appointed to the High Court in October 2003 and to the Court of Appeal in 2011. He is a holder of both LLB and LLM from the University of Nairobi. Lady Justice Mwilu was, before her elevation, a Court of Appeal judge. She has served in the Judiciary for 32 years. She graduated from the University of Nairobi and was admitted to the bar in 1984.
The 50-year-old Justice Lenaola was formerly a High Court judge before he was promoted to the Supreme Court through a rigorous vetting process. He was then the presiding Judge of the Constitution and Human Rights division of the High Court and the deputy principal judge of the East Africa Court of Justice.
by james momanyi