By Mourice Seretta
Acting Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu on Tuesday announced that the office of the Chief Justice was vacant.
In a Gazette notice, Mwilu invited qualified Kenyans to tender their applications so as to fill the position.
The notice reads that Kenyans who have at least 15 years’ experience as superior court judges or as distinguished academics, judicial officers, legal practitioners or such experience in a relevant legal field are invited to apply.
The notice further states that people of questionable character, shaky integrity and those who do not meet the requirements of Chapter Six of the Kenyan law on Leadership and Integrity have been discouraged from applying.
Heading the Judiciary, being the president of the Supreme Court, Chairing the Judicial Service Commission and acting as the link between the Judiciary and other arms of the government, a successful candidate will earn between 990,000 and 1,327,888.
Once interviewed the commission will forward the name of the successful candidate to Parliament for vetting before the formal appointment by the head of state.
The office fell vacant following the retirement of Kenya’s 14th Chief Justice David Maraga.