Lawyer Fred Ngatia was today hard pressed to explain how his relationship with President Uhuru Kenyatta would not affect his work if appointed Chief Justice of Kenya.
Ngatia who was the seventh candidate to be interviewed stated that his relationship with the President ended immediately after the 2017 election petition.
Ngatia who also represented Uhuru in the 2013 presidential petition, stated that while he was happy that he led the president’s legal team in the two petitions, he immediately went back to private practice.
Ngatia also asked the commissioners to not discriminate against him for having worked for the president adding that he also worked for the less privileged in the society as well.
“Do not discriminate me for the client that I once had, I have worked for the high end clients, I have worked for the poor… am not ashamed for working for the president in the 2013 and 2017 election petitions,” said Ngatia.
““No Kenyan properly informed will see me as being influenced by the President. I have worked for condemned prisoners as well as many other Kenyans and I am not in any way influenced. Do not discriminate against me for the clients I have acted for,” said Ngatia.
The Senior Counsel said he will want to be remembered as the CJ who will not only clear the backlog of cases but also ensure expeditious disposal of cases.