President Kenyatta Confirms Justice Ouko as Supreme Court Judge

Court of Appeal Judge Justice William Ouko has been appointed as a Supreme Court Judge by President Uhuru Kenyatta following his nomination by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to replace retired judge Jackton Ojwang.

In a Gazette Notice dated May 13, 2021, President Kenyatta stated: โ€œIn exercise of the powers conferred by Article 166 (1) of the Constitution, I , Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces, appoint Ouko William Okello to be judge of the Supreme Court of Kenya.โ€

The 60-year-old Justice Ouko emerged top among other contenders including Justice Said Juma Chitembwe, Justice Marete Njagi, justice Matthews Nduma, lawyer Alice Yano, Justice Sergon Joseph Kiplagat and Dr. Nyaberi Lumumba.

Justice Ouko was born in 1961 in Siaya County.

He obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi in 1986, a post-graduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law in 1987 before he was admitted to the Roll of Advocates the same year.

In 2016, he pursued and graduated with a Master of Arts in Criminology & Criminal Justice from Egerton University.