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JSC defends process of recruiting new CJ, DCJ

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has said it did not flout any law in the commencement of a recruitment process for the Chief Justice, Deputy Chief Justice and Supreme Court judge.

The commission said that the shortlisting process was above par and in line with the JSC Act.

JSC’s Secretary Anne Amadi said the case by Yash Pal Ghai and Trusted Society of Human Rights Alliance should be dismissed, saying there are no valid grounds that have been advanced as to why the commission should be restrained from going on with the recruitment process.

Amadi argued that the Supreme Court plays an important role in Kenyans constitutional set up and does not have quorum to hear and determine matters before it until it is properly constituted.

It is her argument that the court ought not to permit the petitioners to hold the entire country at ransom when there are no legitimate grounds upon which the process is challenged.

She further noted that the commission duly observed and complied with all the applicable administrative procedures as stipulated in the Constitution and the Act to ensure a fair and just process in scrutinising and reaching the list of successful candidates who have been scheduled for interviews from August 29 this year.

21 students charged over ongoing schools unrest

The court has issued a warrant of arrest to one of the 13 students from Lang’ata High School who were remanded at Kamiti juvenile prison.

This comes as 21 students from both Lang’ata and Sunshine high school denied charges of conspiracy to commit a felony, attempted arson and arson.

The 12 students from Langata high school who have been in custody for the last five days following a ruling by the children’s court last week pleaded not guilty to 6 counts. They were charged with 3 counts of conspiracy to commit a felony and 3 counts of arson.

Appearing before magistrate Martha Mutuku, the suspects who are all above 18 except 3, through their lawyers applied for bail arguing that they are candidates and needed time to revise for the upcoming KCSE examination.

They also asked the court to consider commencing hearing of the case after KCSE. But the magistrate while making her ruling said the suspects have a commitment to which they must take responsibility and ruled that the hearing must start by September 27th.

The 3 minors were released on a 200,000 shillings bond and one surety while the others will either pay a cash bail of 100,000 shillings each or a bond of 200,000 shillings.

China begins tests on giant elevated bus

Getting stuck in a traffic jam can be one of the most frustrating parts of travelling around a busy city.

Now engineers in China have come up with a radical way to overcome the problem of getting around in traffic. The country’s Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) has taken its first test drive.

The 22-meter-long, 7.8-meter-wide and 4.8-meter-high TEB-1 can carry up to 300 passengers over the top of cars and let traffic pass underneath it.

This week, it underwent its first road test in north China’s Hebei Province. The test in Qinhuangdao City, evaluated the braking system, drag and power consumption, according to tebtech, a company that helped build the TEB.

The TEB has already attracted interest from governments in Brazil, France, India and Indonesia, it has been claimed.

The radical design was unveiled at a tech expo in China, earlier this year. The scale model of the ‘Transit Elevated Bus’ was demonstrated this week at the 19th China Beijing International High-Tech Expo.

 

 

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