Following the retirement of Supreme Court Judge Jacktone Boma Ojwang, the Judicial Service Commission began conducting interviews on Monday.
The exercise had nine contenders shortlisted, but only seven would be interviewed after Justice Martha Koome was chosen as the Chief Justice nominee and Judge Kathurima M’inoti withdrew his candidacy.
Hon Justice Chitembwe Said Juma, Hon Justice Marete Njagi, Hon Justice Nduma Mathews Nderi, Hon Justice Nyaberi Justry Patrick Lumumba, Hon Justice Ouko William Okello, Hon Justice Sergon Joseph Kiplagat, and Ms Yano Alice Jepkoech are among the contestants.
Justice Chitembwe Said Juma is the first to meet the panel.
Chitembwe joined the judiciary on April 2, 2009, after a stint at the national social security fund from 2003 to 2009.
Chitembwe has served as a High Court Judge in Kakamega, Malindi, Migori, and Marsabit throughout his career in the judiciary.
Chitembwe, 54, is reportedly assigned to the Milimani law courts’ civil division of the high court.
On the same day, 61-year-old Employment and Labour Relations Court Judge Marete Njagi will defend some of the employment cases he has handled in his bid for a Supreme Court judgeship.