JUDGE DECLINES TO BOW OF JUDICIARY SACK DISPUTE.

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Members of Judicial Service Commission outside Supreme Court of Kenya building in Nairobi.

BY SAM ALFAN.

Judicial Service Commission has lost bid to have Industrial court judge disqualified from hearing a claim from eleven former employees of the judiciary.
Justice Njagi Marrete declined to excuse himself on grounds that the commission had made an application with bad faith.
JSC alleged that there are two complaints against the judge pending before it and he cannot therefore preside on matter touching on his employee.
The commission sought the claims against former employees of the judiciary be taken to the presiding judge of the industrial court for allocation to another judge.
It further asked that a three judge bench be appointed to hear the claim.
Justice Marete in his ruling said that the commission appeared to be shopping of a judge of their own choice, saying all judges are appointed to deliver justices.
” This is a matter of immense public interest bearing in mind the attention is has previously drawn from the media and other quarters it ought to be determined expeditiously” he said.
The claimants were sacked from the judiciary after the former high court registrar Gladys Shollei was send parking; it was found that they were hired without following proper procedure.
The judge in his decision declined to refer the matter to the Chief Justice impanel a bench of three judges, he instead ordered that the application by the claimants be listed for hearing on September 18.

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