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Appeals court faces crisis as one more judge retires

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BY PRUDENCE WANZA-One more court of appeal judge is set to retire, further precipitating crisis at the superior court.

Justice Erastus Githinji is retiring at the end of December after attaining the mandatory retirement age of 70.

He was born in 1949 and was appointed high court judge in 1999 and was later promoted to the court of appeal.  He has served in the judiciary since 1975.

This follows the retirement of two judges; Justice Philip Waki and Justice Alnashir Visram who retired in August and October respectively.

The retirement of the three;Waki,Visram and Githinji will leave the court of appeal with only 15 judges.

Their retirement comes at a time when the judicial Service Commission has already closed the Court of Appeal courts in Nyeri and Malindi over lack of judges.

New judges are yet to be vetted and sweared in to feel in the gaps left despite JSC forwarding 11 names of new judges and Chief Justice David Maraga announcing them publicly.

However,Uzalendo news later established that pressure from certain quarters to appoint the judges in readiness to 2022 elections.

The security agencies, led by NIS are said to have vetted the candidates and flagged several names; But before the NIS could even submit their findings, the JSC went ahead and made the names public.

Wrangles between JSC and investigations are still ongoing as they continue demanding for reasons of blacklisting of their nominated judges.

Meanwhile it is the court users that feels the pinch of this delay that seems not to end soon.

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