Nzamba Kitonga, the former chairman of the Committee of Experts on constitutional review, appeared before the Judicial Service Commission Thursday morning, the fourth candidate to be interviewed for the vacant Chief Justice position.
He said he aims to make justice more accessible to Kenyans and will seek to have magistrates' courts in all the constituencies.
Mr Kitonga said that within 100 days of assuming office he would meet with the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), judges and magistrates to identify bottlenecks and come up with a strategic plan to guide their way forward.
In two and half years, he said, he will have developed an information and communications technology system with an e-diary and e-registry that allows Kenyans to check the status of cases online.
In five years he hopes to have achieved an efficient and accelerated hearing of cases and recruited more judges and magistrates.
He added that former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga moved the Judiciary “from the ICU to the HDU” regarding corruption and that he would seek to either discharge the Judiciary from corruption or at least move it to the normal ward.
He lists his role as chairman of Committee of Experts on constitutional review as his most successful task and dismissed claims that the role would breed conflict if he were to become Chief Justice. He said he would provide leadership in the interpretation of the Constitution.
He also lists his experience as the current chairman of the South Sudan constitutional review, the UN Monitor for Rwanda genocide trials, former chairman of the East Africa Law Society and the Law Society of Kenya and 36 years as a practicing lawyer as his competencies for the task.