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Kenyan moves to court to stop CJ interviews

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By Allan Otieno

A Kenyan Citizen has moved to court to seek orders to have the Judicial Service Commission stop the ongoing Chief Justice interviews.

Memba Ocharo argues that JSC has breached the Chapter 6 of the constitution by allowing applicants to take part in the interviews without providing their wealth declaration forms.

In the petition Ocharo wants the exercise suspended until the rest of applicants are confirmed to have submitted their wealth declaration forms as required by the law.

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“That the constitution is under grave threat of violation by the respondent who has defiantly ignored to enforce the constitution requirement as decreed under chapter six,” the petition reads.

“That the failure by candidates to provide their wealth declaration forms and those of their spouses yet they were shortlisted for interview is not only a waste of taxpayers’ money but also a serious dereliction of the Respondent constitutional and statutory duty,” it continues.

Ocharos’ Lawyer Shadrack Juma Wambui confirmed the matter saying Chapter Six was not followed  when interviewing the first four applicants.

“What our client seek is very clear …the JSC must ensure that all applicants’ wealth declaration forms are available because it touches on integrity as stipulated..so it is simple let the exercise be stopped and we subject it to a legal process before we proceed, those are our prayers,” he said.

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