Supreme Court of Kenya: First female “Chief Justice” in the country’s history

Kenya is on the verge of having its first female Chief Justice in the country’s history.

The judge of the Court of Appeal, Martha Koome, became the best candidate of ten candidates for the post.

His selection was announced by the Kenya Judicial Service Commission on Tuesday April 27.

His name was passed on to President Uhuru Kenyatta for his appointment, before being submitted to parliament for approval.

She was born in 1960 in Meru County.

She is well known in the civil society movement and was first appointed to the High Court in 2003.

During her past career, she has fiercely defended the rights of women and children.

Ms. Koome holds a Master’s in Public International Law from the University of London (2010), a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Nairobi (1986) and a Graduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law.

If she confirmed by President Kenyatta, Lady Justice Koome will become the first female Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya.

As a reminder, Lady Justice Koome will become the seventh female Chief Justice in office to hold this post in Africa.

The Supreme Court of Kenya has been a member of the CJCA since April 2017.

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