A Kenyan Muslim has petitioned the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) over the expected appointment of Kenya’s next Chief Kadhi after JSC shortlisted five suitable candidates for the position.
In his petition Jamal Diriwo Omar seeks the commission to strongly consider regional balance in the next appointment of the Chief Kadhi claiming the position has previously been held by communities from the Coastal region and Northern Kenya.
“It is in the interest of justice and the general public specifically Islam community that a professional, competent and passionate professional be appointed to fill in the position of Chief Kadhi,this Petition will be rendered nugatory if all factors of the recruitment including ensuring a regional balance will not be considered by the JSC”, he Notes.
The Chief Kadhi position should not be politicized to discriminate against other regions and favor the routine upper northeastern parts and coastal region of Kenya. He added
The petitioner also expressed concerns over possibilities of prominent Muslim politicians out to influence the appointment of the next Chief Kadhi,
“That being the Petitioner/Applicant I came to learn that the judicial service commission may be influenced by politicians in filling the position of chief Kadhi and a suitable competent and passionate professional on Islamic law”, As read in part of the Petition.
The statement further says northeastern Muslims have grabbed almost all government positions set aside to represent Muslims in Kenya.
On 14th of April this year JSC advertised the position of Chief Kadhi and a total of 24 applications were received.
Five candidates have since been shortlisted that include –
- Sukyan Hassan Omar
- Idris Nyamagosa Nyaboga
- Athman Abdullahim Hussein
- Kutwaa Mohammed Abdalla
- Omari Hassan Kinyua
The Chief Kadhi Deals with matters of inheritance among Muslims according to Sharia. Works in liaison with judicial courts and the government and Gives legal directions on issues affecting Muslims according to Sharia.