The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has nominated Justice William Ouko for appointment to the position of Judge of the Supreme Court.
Justice Ouko, if appointed, will replace Judge Jackton Ojwang who retired in February 2020.
Prof. Olive Mugenda, Vice Chair of the JSC, said the recruitment exercise was open, transparent, competitive, and witnessed the participation of the public and key stakeholders.
“The process has been engaging and rewarding to all the Commissioners who had the opportunity to interact with some of the best legal minds in Kenya in an open process that has revealed the rich legal resource that this country possesses,” said Prof. Mugenda.
“We take this opportunity to thank all the candidates who applied and participated in this process for their willingness to serve the country through the vacant positions, and for the courage to be subjected to scrutiny through the interviews.”
The commission said that, despite all candidates sharing bold ideas for the transformation of the Judiciary, only one could be selected to fill the position.
“After deliberations this afternoon and careful consideration of the performance of the various candidates who we interviewed for the position of Judge of the Supreme Court, the Commission has today recommended for appointment Hon. Mr. Justice Ouko William Okello, CBS. EBS, President of the Court of Appeal as Judge of the Supreme Court of Kenya and has submitted his name to His Excellency the President for appointment,” added Prof. Mugenda.