Maraga tells Uhuru that NIS 'sat' on judges' report
Questionable integrity“It would be irresponsible and contrary to the oath of office for the President to appoint judges, or indeed any other public or State officers to office, where serious questions have been raised about their integrity – more so judges who enjoy security of tenure and whose probity and integrity should be above reproach,” read the affidavit. Yesterday, the JSC said it wrote back to the NIS and gave it seven days to provide the particulars of the adverse reports. It also informed the agency that those affected would be required to respond for the commission to make a decision on or before July 24. All this time, the reply reads, Attorney General Kihara Kariuki – who is Uhuru’s legal advisor – was present in the meetings.
SEE ALSO :Year of mixed fortunes for the Judiciary“On the instruction of JSC, I wrote a letter dated July 9, 2019, to the Director of NIS requesting for more particulars of the alleged adverse reports and the information by July 15, 2019. The commission did not receive any of the requested reports,” swore Judiciary’s Chief Registrar Anne Amadi, who is also the JSC secretary. She added: “By a letter dated July 21, 2019, the National Intelligence Service responded that it had discharged its obligations in its first letter and it does not provide details of the adverse reports. As such, the process of the recruitment of judges had been postponed and extended to receive the alleged adverse reports and particulars from NIS, but none were received.” The President had also told High Court Judge James Makau that JSC did not consult the Treasury, Parliament and the Salaries and Remuneration Commission for salary considerations before the hiring process started. But JSC has denied the claims, saying it forwarded the Judiciary's budget to the clerk of the National Assembly on April 16 last year. “There was no objection from the National Treasury. It did not object nor ask the Judiciary to suspend the recruitment of judges when the Chief Justice declared the vacancies. On the contrary, the Treasury was aware the JSC had finalised the recruitment and nominations for appointment of the judges,” JSC said.
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