Siaya governor James Orengo has welcomed the move to swear in six Court of Appeal judges at State House yesterday.
According to Orengo, there was no justification to warrant the rejection of the six by retired President Uhuru Kenyatta when he appointed 34 others last year.
“There was no justification at all to frustrate the appointment of the judges of the Court of Appeal, some of the best judicial brains. Kudos to Muchelule, Korir, Ngugi, Makori and Mamange. And Maraga was there to witness it all. An independent judiciary is paramount. And of course Odunga. He and Ngugi are not just good judges, but also great scholars,” Orengo tweeted.
In his first assignment as the newly elected Head of State, Ruto oversaw the swearing in of judges who have been serving in the High Court and have now been promoted to the Court of Appeal.
They include Korir Weldon Kipyegon, Muchelule Aggrey Otsyula, Odunga George Vincent, and Prof. Joel Mwaura Ngugi.
Others are Makori Evans Kiago and Cheruiyot Omange Judith Elizabeth who have been appointed to Environment and Land Court.
During his swearing in ceremony, Ruto said he was upbeat in working hand in hand with the Judiciary to be able to move the country to the next level.
“I look forward to working with the Judiciary as we move our country to the next level. I want to ask the Judiciary to support our government to ensure that corruption and commercial cases are completed in a timely manner,” he stated.
The president also assured the Judiciary that he will increase its annual budgetary allocation by Sh3 billion for the next five years.