Court of Appeal judge Alnashir Visram has assured members of the fourth estate that he will not curtail their freedom should he make it to the Supreme Court as a judge.
Visram who was the first to be interviewed this morning as the interviews for the Supreme Court judges kicked off, said he will not use his office to curtail the freedom of the media.
“I will not use my office to curtail media freedom,” he said. His confession is of utmost significance given that he has been viewed as not tolerant to the industry.
The appellate judge, known for having a flair for making landmark rulings, ruled a case in favour of former powerful minister Nicholas Biwott who had sued the Standard Newspaper for defamation, awarding him Sh30 million in the process.
He acknowledged that despite concerted efforts by former immediate CJ Willy Mutunga, there exists a lack of adequate dialogue between the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and the High Court.
He noted that more still needed to be done to increase interaction among the three courts without having to wait for the annual colloquium that brings them together.
Also slated to appear before the Margaret Kobia-led commission today is High Court judge Mbogholi Msagha.
The judge also applied and was interviewed for the helm of the Judiciary which has since been filled by nominee David Maraga.
Agnes Murgor however failed to appear before the panel and asked that the commission use her interview for the Deputy Chief Justice to assess her suitability for the Supreme Court judge post.
The JSC is seeking to find a replacement for the Supreme Court judge post after it was vacated by retired Justice Philip Tunoi, who had attained the limit of 70 years allowable by the constitution promulgated in 2010.
21 candidates have been shortlisted by the commission.
He had fought to defend his seat at the court basing it on the argument that he was appointed under the previous constitution that capped service at the Judiciary at 74 years.
The justice left the arm of government in acrimonious fashion, with a cloud of corruption charges hanging over him after he was alleged to have received a Sh200 million bribe from Nairobi governor Evans Kidero to rule in his favour during an election petition against him.