President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed the President of the Appellate Court Justice, William Ouko as a Judge of the supreme Court of Kenya barely a week after he was interviewed by the Judicial Service Commission.
His appointment was made through a special gazette notice dated Thursday 13, May 2021.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by Article 106 (1) (b) of the Constitution, I, Uhuru Kenyatta, President Of the Republic of Kenya and Commander-in-chief of the armed forces appoints Ouko William Okello to be the judge of the Supreme Court of Kenya.”
This follows their interview by commission in the race to replace former Chief Justice David Kenani Maraga and a judge of the supreme court.
The commission interviewed other five candidates for the job including among them; Justice Said Juma Chitembwe, Justice Marete Njagi, justice Matthews Nduma, lawyer Alice Yano, Justice Sergon Joseph Kiplagat and Dr. Nyaberi Lumumba.
Ouko will be replacing professor Jactone Boma Ojwang’ who left the service after reaching the inevitable retirement age of 70 in February 2020.
The judge rose from the level of district magistrate to surprising many after being nominated by the Judicial Service Commission panel.
Justice Ouko has always been praised as a humble person with many of his classmates remembering him calling them by their names while back in the village.
Commissioner Macharia Njeru his humility and tough stance on matters regarding judicial independence.
“I’m impressed by your humility and of course you were one of the leading candidates for the CJ position and you have taken it in stride and a lot of humility,” JSC commissioner Macharia Njeru stated.