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Lawyer Mutunga nominated for CJ post.

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The Judicial Service Commission has nominated lawyers Willy Mutunga and Nancy Baraza for the positions of Kenya's Chief Justice and Deputy Chief Justice respectively.

The names have been forwarded to President Kibaki, who will then submit them to Parliament for approval.

If the House approves the names, the two will await formal appointment by the President.

However, in the event Parliament rejects the nominees the process will start afresh.

In their choice of the two, JSC chairperson Christine Mango said they had picked renown reformers, a man and a woman of impeccable record, integrity and sound legal grounding.

“We have picked people who will reform the justice system and our judiciary. They are a man and a woman we as the Judicial Service Commission have full faith, confidence and trust,” said Prof Mango.

She said the commission was looking for candidates who will lead by example, persons of great depth of legal and constitutional learning, whose integrity is impeccable and beyond reproach, and who have a record of independence and cannot be influenced by political pressure.

“We wanted someone who can provide leadership to the courts and has shown passion and zeal to help Kenyans realise the dream in the new Constitution, especially its values of equality, justice, fundamental rights and freedoms; and a commitment to the rule of law,” she stated...Whats your take on the two names...?