President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed Justice Martha Koome as the country’s new Chief Justice.
This was confirmed in a gazette notice issued on Wednesday, and comes just hours after the National Assembly had approved her nomination to the top job.
With the confirmation, Justice Koome makes history by becoming Kenya’s first female CJ. She also becomes the country’s third Chief Justice since the new Constitution came into force on August 27, 2010.
The House’s Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs (JLAC) had endorsed Justice Koome for appointment following her vetting last week. The approval was sent to President Uhuru Kenyatta for formal appointment.