President Uhuru Kenyatta has gazetted the appointment of 34 judges, and rejected six nominees.
Seven judges have been appointed to the Court of Appeal and others will serve in the Employment and Labour Relations Court, and the Environment and Land Court.
The judges the president declined to appoint include Aggrey Muchelule, George Odunga, Weldon Korir and Prof Joel Ngugi who were recommended for the Court of Appeal.
Judges approved for the Court of Appeal are Msagha Mbogholi, Hellen Omondi, Mumbi Ngugi, Francis Tuiyott, Pauline Nyamweya, Jessie Lesiit, and Imaana Laibuta. The nine judges appointed by the president to be Judges of the Employment and Labour Relations Court are Baari Christine Noontatua, Gakeri Jacob Kariuki, Keli Jemima Wanza, Mwaure Ann Ngibuini, Matanga Bernard Odongo
Judges who will serve in the Environment and Land Court include Mboya Oguttu Joseph, Naikuni Lucas Leperes, Mwanyale Michael Ngolo, Addraya Edda Dena, Kimani Lilian Gathoni, Kamau Joseph Mugo, Wabwoto Karoph Edward, Koross Anne Yatich Kipingor, Gicheru Maxwell Nduiga, Mogeni Ann Jacqueline Akhalemesi, Ongarora Fred Nyagaka, Christopher Kyania Nzili, Mugo David Mwangi, Omollo Lynette Achieng’, Washe Emmanuel Mutwana, Nyukuri Annet, Murigi Theresa Wairimu and Asati Esther.
Last year, President Kenyatta declined to appoint and swear the judges on grounds that some had questionable integrity.
The stalemate left both the Judiciary and Executive trading blame for months.
In July last year, the Law Society of Kenya, Lawyer Adrian Kamotho and other organisations, challenged the president’s refusal to make the appointments.
The list of the 41 judges was forwarded to the president for appointment in 2019 during the tenure of former CJ David Maraga.