Law professor Makau Mutua is one of those applying to be Kenya’s new Chief Justice.
The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) began application to become Kenya’s new Chief Justice as the JSC deadline reached on Friday, July 8.
The Chief Justice position has been vacant after Willy Mutunga retired on June 16.
So far, fourteen lawyers had shown interest to succeed Willy Mutunga as the head of the judiciary.
Some of the applicants are Justice Alnashir Visram, Lady Justice Roselyne Nambuye, Justice Mbogholi Msagha, Prof. Makau Mutua, Justice Smokin Wanjala, David Waihi and former anti-corruption commission boss Justice Aaron Ringera.
Among the 14 applicants is law professor Makau Mutua who has a lot of attention channelled on him as many predict he might become the Kenya’s new Chief Justice.
The reason being that he is a persistent harsh critic of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration.
Political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi had this to say:
“If made the new Kenya’s Chief Justice, Makau Mutua could ‘refuse’ to swear Uhuru as president in 2017. He has told us that he does not recognise Uhuru as president.”
Makau Mutua has an 84-page CV, one of the longest in the world. This is another reason why there is a lot of focus on him.
The ex-dean of Buffalo Law School in The State University of New York could fit in the Mutunga’s position with one of the longest CVs in the world – 84 pages. He also has a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) from Harvard Law School.
Senior Counsel Ahmednasir Abdullahi made a comment.
“In terms of academic documents, gravitas scholarship, legal theory… I don’t think there will be no candidate who will come even close to Makau Mutua.”
The founder of Kenya human rights commission, Makau Mutua got his first law degree at the University of Nairobi before going for masters at the University of Dar es Salaam.
Here is Makau Mutua’s CV posted on Buffalo Law School’s website