Kandara Constituency MP Alice Muthoni Wahome claims Deputy Chief Justice nominee Philomena Mbete Mwilu is not fit to succeed Kalpana Rawal because Ms Mwilu – during her rulings as Appellate judge – did not give a fair hearing to women.
“She has insulted women severally. When we sought her intervention for justice, she did not give us (women) a fair hearing. I don’t believe she would make just judgment when cases involving women are presented before her. When MPs will vet her in parliament, I would vote no against her.
“Most women who were interviewed by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) for position of Deputy Chief Justice were qualified. I am not convinced that Ms Mwilu was the best out of the women interviewed. I think other female judges were better placed,” Muthoni said during the launch of different school projects in Kandara Monday.
Ms Mwilu beat 15 other candidates to emerge victorious in the search for Kenya’s next DCJ to replace Kalpana Rawal who retired upon attaining the constitutional age of 70 years.
In a statement, the JSC panel, through its chair, Prof Margaret Kobia, said: “Today, 10th October 2016, the Judicial Service Commission has finalized the process of evaluation of various candidates interviewed for the position of the Deputy Chief Justice.”
“The JSC has, after lengthy deliberations, recommended Hon. Lady Justice Philomena Mbete Mwilu for appointment as the Deputy Chief Justice and the name has been submitted to His Excellency the President.”
Lady Justice Philomena Mwilu graduated from the University of Nairobi and was admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya in 1984.
She practised law in the firms of Muthoga Gaturu & Company and later Mutunga & Company Advocates.
She worked as company secretary and headed a state corporation before being appointed as Judge of the High Court in 2007.
Lady Justice Mwilu also served in the Commercial Division in Nairobi, at the Eldoret High Court and the Civil Appeals sub-division of the High Court, the murder section of the Criminal Division and later headed the Environment and Land Division of the High Court