Kenya’s Chief Justice Job Advertised to Replace Maraga

The vacancy at the office of the Chief Justice (CJ), has been advertised with The Judiciary inviting qualified Kenyans to send in their applications.

The vacancy was declared by Acting Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu in a gazette notice on Tuesday, January 19th, 2021.

Kenyans who have at least 15 years of experience as superior court judges or as distinguished academics, judicial officers, legal practitioners, or such experience in a relevant legal field are invited to try their luck.

And for the tasks of heading the Judiciary, being the president of the Supreme Court, Chairing the Judicial Service Commission, and acting as the link between the Judiciary and other arms of the government, a successful candidate will earn between 990,000 and 1,327,888.

People of questionable character, shaky integrity, and those who do not meet the requirements of Chapter Six of the Kenyan law on leadership and integrity have been discouraged from applying.

Once interviewed the commission will forward the name of the successful candidate to the parliament for vetting before the formal appointment by the Head of State.

The vacancy was advertised following David Kenani Maraga’s official retirement as the 15th Chief Justice of independent Kenya and handed over to acting CJ Philomena Mbete Mwilu on January 11th, 2021.

Mr. Maraga replaced Dr. Willy Mutunga who retired in June 2016.

He was appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta on October 19, 2016, as Chief Justice.