Lawyer bows out of CJ race citing lack of experience

An applicant for the position of Chief Justice bowed out of the race this morning citing lack of experience.
 
Paul Udoto Kongani, a lawyer, disqualified himself from the race to succeed the immediate Chief Justice Willy Mutunga saying he did not meet minimum requirements to head the arm of government.
 
“If we proceed on the footing of Article 166 of the Constitution, it would be a waste of time for me to continue with this pursuit” Kongani said. The article stipulates that a candidate harboring interest to head the Judiciary should have 15 years’ experience in the legal profession. Judicial Service Commission (JSC) chairman Margaret Kobia had from the onset warned Kongani that he was not fit for the post but proceeded anyway to question him.
 
Kongoni said it would be an exercise in futility if he continues to be interviewed for the position alluding to allowances rendered to JSC panel overseeing the interview process.
 
The ambitious lawyer however accused the JSC of locking out most Kenyans who are under 40 from the CJ position.
 
His inclusion in the shortlist for the CJ position was necessitated after a High Court ruling allowed seven candidates who had previously been ruled out by the JSC on various factors made it possible for them to be interviewed. Little known Kongani surprised many when he threw his hat in the ring with many arguing that his was an attempt bound to fail. He is a student at the Kenya School of Law and graduated with a law degree from Moi University in 2011.
He had previously ventured into carpentry to raise funds for his varsity education after defaulting on several occasions.
 
 
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