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Ruto presides over swearing of six judges who were rejected by Uhuru

By Kevin Cheruiyot September 14th, 2022 2 min read

The six judges who were appointed by President William Ruto on Tuesday have taken oath of office at State House.

The six were among the judges recommended for appointment by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) three years ago but the former President Uhuru Kenyatta declined to appoint them for being not suitable for appointment.

The names of the six judges were gazetted on Tuesday evening by the president, hours after being sworn in as the president at the Moi International Sports Center, Kasarani.

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According to a gazette notice published just after President Ruto was sworn in, Makori Evans Kiago and Cheruiyot Omange Judith Elizabeth were appointed were judges of the Environment and Land Court.

The other four judges who have been appointed Court of Appeal judges are Korir Weldon Kipyegon, Muchelule Aggrey Otsyula, Odunga George Vincent and Joel Mwaura Ngugi.

With the appointment, President Ruto has kept the promise he made during the campaigns that the judges would be appointed immediately after he takes the oath of office.

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The president congratulated the new judges, and asked them to serve Kenyans without fear or favour. President Ruto also said he will support the Judiciary to ensure that it executes mandate without any interference.

The president said that his government will respect the independence of the judiciary and all other institutions in a manner that will make them deliver their respective mandates.

“We are all equal before the law. If the rule of law is our benchmark, we can only succeed. Even as the president I have the limitation and I should respect those limitations. And all other arms of government have their limitations and we must all leave within the bounds of our mandate so that we can have a country that is based on the rule of law. Let me repeat again, it is the rule of law, not the rule of man,” President Ruto said during the swearing in of the judges.

The Head of the States said with an efficient Judiciary, the economic potential of the country can be realized. Also, the president urged the Judiciary to support his administration to ensure that corruption cases, land cases are adjudicated in a timely manner so that investors can move forward.

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