Kenya: ACK Bishop Asks Legislators to Hasten Martha Koome’s Approval

An Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) bishop in Bungoma County has criticised political leaders who have opposed President Uhuru Kenyatta’s submission of Justice Martha Koome’s name to Parliament for vetting and approval for the position of Chief Justice.

Among the political leaders who are against the submission of Justice Koome’s name is Lugari MP Ayub Savula. Last week the MP said that it’s not prudent to have all three arms of the government being led by people from one region.

His sentiments were echoed by five other MPs and three senators who said that they will raise the issue when Koome appears before the House committee.

The political leaders pointed out that the Executive and the National Assembly are currently headed by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Justin Muturi respectively, who both hail from Mt Kenya.

But while addressing the media at Bungoma Anglican Church, Rt Rev Bishop George Mechumo Wafula said that there is no basis for the legislators’ complaints.

Regional balance

“I’m shocked to hear that some MPs are opposed to the vetting of Justice Koome by Parliament for the position of Chief Justice on the basis of regional balance,” said Rev Mechumo.

Rev Mechumo further said the political leaders’ views hold no water since Kenyan laws allows any qualified person to seek appointment and be given the opportunity to serve in any position in this country, regardless the region that individual hails from.