Kenya to Appoint its First Female Supreme Court Chief Justice

Justice Martha Koome will be occupying the seat as the next Chief Justice of Kenya and president of the Supreme Court after the Kenyan parliament voted on Wednesday approving her nomination, making Koome the first woman to occupy the seat in Kenya’s history.

Justice Koome was chosen among nine other candidates which include two other women for the position after a series of interviews conducted by the Judicial Service Commission between April 10 and 23 of this year.

She will soon swear into office as the third Chief Justice under the 2010 constitution, succeeding Chief Justice Maraga who retired last January 12 upon reaching the age of 70.

Justice Koome, with 33 years of legal experience, co-founded and chaired the Federation of Women Lawyers.

The Federation is a non-profit organization that offers free legal aid to women and their children. It plays a significant role in campaigning for women’s rights and contributed to a landmark 2010 constitution.

“She played a key role in the fight for the second liberation from the authoritarian regime of President Moi,” said Priscilla Nyokabi, a lawyer and former legislator, about Koome.

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