In Summary

  • The Interviews were conducted on May 31, and it’s not clear whether she was among the people interviewed for the role.
  • Otieno is an advocate of the High court of Kenya

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has come under intense scrutiny this is after appointing Clarence Awuor Otieno as the new Registrar of the High court.

The appointment which was announced on Tuesday July 2023 has raised eyebrows as her name was allegedly not among the candidates shortlisted in the initial statement issued by the commission on May 22.

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JSC July Statement

“The Judicial Service Commission is pleased to announce the appointment of Hon. Clarence Awuor Otieno as the Registrar, High Court following a successful interview, with effect from 24th July 2023,”

JSC said in a statement on twitter.

The JSC’s decision to appoint Clarence Awuor Otieno, despite her absence from the shortlist, has raised questions about the transparency and fairness of the selection process.

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“In her new role, Hon Awour will oversee coordination of support services in all high court stations in the country,”

Not on the List

As per the May 22 statement, the JSC had initially shortlisted six candidates for the position of High Court registrar: Anne Wanjiru Mwangi, Mbulikah Pauline Wangari, Mikoyan Denis Kipkirui, Nyamora Fredrick Momanyi, Juma Elizabeth Nyarangi, and Elizabeth Tanui.

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The JSC has yet to release an official statement explaining the circumstances surrounding Clarence’s appointment

Otieno is an Advocate of the High court of Kenya, with over 18 years post admission experience. She is a long serving judicial officer having joined the bench in 2008 as a resident magistrate rising to the rank of senior Principal Magistrate.

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