Published by The Daily Nation on 19th May 2021
Justice Martha Koome has become Kenya’s first female Chief Justice and the country’s third Chief Justice since the establishment of the new Constitution on 27th August 2010. Justice Koome was vetted by the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee of the National Assembly, who later endorsed Koome for the position. Their ruling was sent to President Uhuru Kenyatta for a formal appointment.
Justice Koome has 33 years of experience in the legal profession. During the vetting process, she was questioned on how she will protect the judiciary after President Kenyatta’s “we shall revisit” comment when the Supreme Court annulled his election victory. Justice Koome responded, “I follow the dictates of the Constitution and statutes. I am a judge who looks at society and Kenyans will feel safe with me”. She has vowed to work with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to expel corruption in the judiciary.