The Judicial Service Commission has nominated Justice Philomena Mwilu for the position of Deputy Chief Justice.
Justice Mwilu of the Court of Appeal beat 15 other candidates in her bid to replace Kalpana Rawal, who retired upon attaining the constitutional age of 70 years.
Acting Judicial Service Commission Chair Margaret Kobia said the commission will be sending Justice Mwilu’s name to President Kenyatta for approval and appointment.
Lady Justice Philomena Mwilu graduated from the University of Nairobi and was admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya in 1984.
She practiced law in the firms of Muthoga Gaturu & Company and later Mutunga & Company Advocates.
She worked as company secretary and headed a state corporation before being appointed as Judge of the High Court in 2007.
Justice Philomena Mwilu has served in the Commercial Division in Nairobi, at the Eldoret High Court and the Civil Appeals sub-division of the High Court. She also worked at the murder section of the Criminal Division and later headed the Environment and Land Division of the High Court.
The court of appeal judge has served in the judiciary for 32 years.
During her interview by the Commission, Justice Mwilu controversially said she supported polygamy especially when it would bring peace to the family.
She most notably said she was the best candidate to fight corruption, which is viewed as Kenya’s greatest problem.
She added that if she was appointed DCJ, she would ask to head the campaign against corruption.
”I will set systems in place, strengthen them and also set others to prevent corruption.”
She also asked the Commission to increase the number of women in the Supreme Court to three.