THE BOARD PRESENTS ITS FINAL REPORT TO HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT UHURU KENYATTA

His Excellency the President Uhuru Kenyatta receives a copy of the Board's final report from chairman Sharad Rao at State House, Nairobi. Other Board members present were: from left, Meuledi Iseme, Justus Munyithya, vice chair Roseline Odede, Abdirashid Abdullahi, Prof. Ngotho wa Kariuki and Reuben Chirchir (CEO/ Secretary to the Board)

His Excellency the President Uhuru Kenyatta receives a copy of the Board’s final report from chairman Sharad Rao at State House, Nairobi. Other Board members present were: from left, Meuledi Iseme, Justus Munyithya, vice chair Roseline Odede, Abdirashid Abdullahi, Prof. Ngotho wa Kariuki and Reuben Chirchir (CEO/ Secretary to the Board)

The Members of the Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board paid a visit to His Excellency the President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House Nairobi on 6th September, 2016. The purpose of the visit was to present the final report on the vetting process.

The Vetting Board was mandated to vet the suitability of Judges and Magistrates who were in office on the effective date to continue serving in the Judiciary. Having concluded its mandate and pursuant to section 23(5) of the Vetting of Judges and Magistrates Act No. 2 of 2011, the Board was required to submit a report of the findings and recommendations to His Excellency the president.

 

 

BOARD’S FINAL PUBLICATIONS

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The Board released a number of publications just before its term ended on the 31st July, 2016.

Among the publications were the Board’s Final Report and Second Volume of Determinations and Transcripts of Findings that covers the 10th to 19th and final announcement.

Download the publications here

TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE

DETERMINATIONS – TRANSCRIPTS OF THE FINDINGS VOL.2

ANALYSIS OF THE VETTING CRITERIA

JMVB FINAL REPORT

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

 

Chairman Sharad Rao Launches his first publication

Chairman Sharad Rao on 11th July, 2016 launched his first publication which is a brief account of Asians’ contribution to Kenyan politics and development.

 

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H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta witnesses chairman of the Board, Sharad Rao (center) presenting his first publication to

His Excellency Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India on Monday at State House, Nairobi.

 

THE BOARD DONATES 70 MACKINTOSH MATTRESS, 70 BLANKETS, 70 BEDSHEETS AND 70 JACKETS.

Board Chair, Sharad Rao, Vice Chair, Roseline Odede, Board Member Justus Munyithya and the CEO Mr. Chirchir (on motorbike) in a procession through Kabernet Town on the way to Kabarnet School for the Deaf and Blind.

Board Chair, Sharad Rao, Vice Chair, Roseline Odede, Board Member Justus Munyithya and the CEO Mr. Chirchir (on motorbike) in a procession through Kabarnet Town on the way to Kabarnet School for the Deaf and Blind.

 

The Board visited the Kabarnet School for the Deaf and Blind in Baringo County on Saturday, 28th May, 2016 and donated 70 Mackintosh Mattresses, 70 Blankets, 70 Bedsheets and 70 Jackets to the institution. This was the second time the Board was visiting the school after its first visit in the year 2015, where the Board learned first-hand of the school’s dire need of the aforementioned materials. The Kabarnet School for the Deaf and Blind was established in the year 1985 and it is the only one of its kind in the entire east and central Africa which caters for children who are both deaf and blind and also suffer from other disabilities including mental and physical.

During this particular visit, the Boards Chair, Mr. Sharad Rao reiterated the commitment of the Board to the welfare of the needy in our society. He also made a commitment that besides the Board, he would make arrangements to visit the school with his friends to avail the school with the much needed support.

Expressing similar sentiments, the Vice Chair of the Board. Ms. Roseline Odede, said that she would also play a role in ensuring that the legal fraternity is sensitized to extend support to the school. She congratulated the teachers and staff of the school for the noble course that they have chosen to serve.

Board Member, Justus Munyithya who also attended the function expressed the Boards pleasure to partner with other well-wishers in undertaking such endeavours. He was supported with the CEO, Mr. Reuben Chirchir, who reminded the participants that the Board had seriously considered their previous request and that this was the reason the Board squeezed time in its final stretch to ensure that the Mackintosh Mattresses, Bed Sheets, Blankets and Jackets were supplied to the School. He said that it was the Board’s joy to see that this very needy case was catered for.

The Baringo County Women’s Representative Hon. Grace Kiptui who has partnered with the Board in this exercise expressed her sheer gratitude at the Board’s move to donate the goods; an action that went on to touch the hearts of pupils, teachers, caretakers of the Institution and the Baringo County people at large.

Board Chair, Sharad Rao and Vice Chair, Roseline Odede together with Baringo County Women Rep. Hon. Grace Kitptui  at Kabarnet School for the Deaf and Blind, Baringo County

Board Chair, Sharad Rao and Vice Chair, Roseline Odede together with Baringo County Women Rep. Hon. Grace Kitptui at Kabarnet School for the Deaf and Blind, Baringo County

19TH AND FINAL ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE BOARD

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The Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board has today, 31st  March, 2016 made its 19th and final announcement which was in respect of 28 Judicial Officers.

This is the last of the decisions of the Board and it related to decisions on all the applications for review heard late 2015 and early 2016.

The Announcement was in line with the Boards Mandate where it was required to vet all Judges and Magistrates and make a determination by 31st of March 2016.

 

Please download the 19th and final announcement of the Board here

 

 

THE VICE CHAIR OF THE BOARD CELEBRATES HER BIRTHDAY IN STYLE!

The Vice Chair together with JMVB secretariat at the Star of Hope Primary School in Lunga Lunga slums

The Vice Chair together with JMVB secretariat at the Star of Hope Primary School in Lunga Lunga slums

 

The vice chair Ms. Roseline Odede has today, 29th March, 2016 celebrated her birthday by sharing a cake with pupils of the special unit of Star of Hope primary School in Lunga Lunga slums. The vice chair who has had a soft spot for these destitute children, brought with her a bunch of goodies for the young once. The children were elated with the stuffs which included crayons, bubbles, moulding clay, colouring books and much more. Ms. Odede also brought with her some foodstuffs. The vice chair who was accompanied by JMVB secretariat  had a pleasant moment sharing and interacting with the pupils and staff of the school at the slum. The Board has undertaken CSR activities at the school before.

EIGHTEENTH ANNOUNCEMENT OF DETERMINATION ON SUITABILITY OF VETTED HIGH COURT JUDGE

The Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board has today, Thursday, 17th March, 2016 made an announcement on suitability pertaining to High Court Judge Hon. Nicholas Ombija.In an elaborate statement read by the Chairman, Mr. Sharad Rao at Anniversary Towers in Nairobi, the Board stated that; “In terms of section 23(1) of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution and sections 13, 18, and 21 of the Vetting of Judges and Magistrates Act No. 2 of 2011, the Board determines that the Honourable Nicholas RandaOwanoOmbija is NOT SUITABLE to continue serving as a Judge. The Judge has a right to apply for review of the said determination within 7 Days of the date of this determination.”

 Other Board members present at the Press Conference were;

  • Justus Munyithya,
  • AbdirashidAbdulahi,
  • Prof NgothowaKariuki,
  • Lady Justice (Rtd. DCJ) Alice Mpagi-Bahigeine,
  • Chief Justice (Rtd) Barnabas Samatta,
  • Chief Justice (Rtd) Asoka Nihal De-Silva, and
  • Reuben Chichir (Secretary and CEO).

Download the full statement below:

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  • Sharad Rao (Centre) reads the eighteenth Announcement as determined by the Board during a Press Conference held by the Board on Thursday, 17th March, 2016 at Anniversary Towers. He is flanked by Mr. Justus Munyithya on his right and Chief Justice (Rtd) Barnabas Samatta. Other Board members present at this function were; Mr. AbdirashidAbdulahi, Prof.NgothowaKariuki, Lady Justice (Rtd. DCJ) Alice Mpagi-Bahigeine, Chief Justice (Rtd) Asoka Nihal De-Silva, andthe Board’s Secretary and CEO, Mr. Reuben Chichir.

Hon Justice Philip Tunoi Tribunal

JMVB Chairman, SHARAD RAO was appointed as chairman of the tribunal set up to probe bribery allegations against Justice Philip Tunoi. The team took an oath of office on 2nd March, 2016 in Nairobi.

Other members of the tribunal sworn in by the Chief Justice are, Justice Roseline Korir, Ms Judith Guserwa, Mr James Kaberere Gacoka, Mr George Munji Wakukha and Mr Abdirashid Abdullahi Hussein who is also a member of the Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board.

The JMVB Board in Naivasha for a consultative feedback retreat with members from the Media fraternity and various NGO’s and CBO’s.

The vetting of Judges and Magistrates Board was from the 24th- 27th of February engaged in a consultative feedback retreat with members from the Media fraternity and various NGO’s and CBO’s. The Chairman of the Board welcomed participants to the retreat and thanked them for honouring the invitation and also for the collaboration and partnership that the Board has had with them in the process of fulfilling its mandate.

The Board is in the process of winding up its activities and the three day retreat gave the Board the opportunity to give feedback on the work it has done so far, some of the challenges it has gone through and the lessons learnt. The participants from the various institutions also gave their contributions in terms of recommendations and way forward to the Board. Most of the issues highlighted by the various organizations will be included in the Final Report of the Board to be released before the Board winds up its activities.

STAKEHOLDER’S FEEDBACK RETREAT BY JMVB

image4The Board recently held a retreat session with its stakeholders to collect feedback on the vetting process which is nearing the end. The stakeholders invited to attend the session are those who are listed under Sec 18 of the Vetting of Judges and Magistrates Act 2011 (VJMA).

The session highlighted the genesis, process, gains, challenges, lessons learned and recommendations on the way forward of the vetting of judges and magistrates exercise in Kenya. The participants from the various stakeholders’ organizations submitted in written and oral forms; their recommendations and views over the process.

One of the outstanding views shared by many who submitted from various organizations was that the process as promising as it was and as successfully carried out as it was, may not have resulted into 100% of desired outcome due to the fact that it was designed as a one-off exercise and therefore there was need to establish such a mechanism to be in place permanently to check on the judicial officers excesses.

The Board harvested a rich collection of feedback from this retreat with its stakeholders. The meeting also acted as a platform for the Board to report on its undertakings in the vetting of judges and magistrates process. This recommendation and views will be included in the final report of the Board which will be released before the curtains are brought down on this unique process.

In his address to the meeting, the Chairman of the Board, Mr. Sharad Rao reminded the participants that even though the vetting of judges and magistrates is one-off in character, it was not intended to be a stand-alone activity but rather it constituted one of a raft of measures designed to revitalize the judiciary and restore public confidence in it. The Chair reiterated that the Board believes that the vetting process has to a substantial degree achieved its purpose and that an overwhelming majority of the public thinks so too. (Download the Chairman’s opening Speech Here)

The two days retreat was held at the Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort in Naivasha on 4th and 5th February, 2016. In attendance also was the Vice Chair of the Board, Ms. RoslineOdede, Board Members; Mr. Abdirashi Abdullahi, Mr. Justus Munyithya, Mrs. MeulediIseme, Prof.NgothoWaKariuki, Rtd Chief Justice. J. Asoka De Silva, Rtd Chief Justice. Barnabas Samatta and Rtd. Deputy C J. Lady Justice. Alice Mpagi-Bahigeine. The session was moderated by the Board CEO, Mr. Reuben Chirchir.