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Forget CJ’s job, Mutahi Ngunyi tells Makau Mutua

Renowned professor of law Makau Mutua’s quest for the vacant Chief Justice’s job has been subjected to heavy criticism by political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi.

In a series of Tweets on Friday, Mr Ngunyi questioned Prof Mutua’s credentials to become Kenya’s next Chief Justice following the retirement of Dr Willy Mutunga last month.

In a thinly veiled attack on the New York-based lawyer’s values, Mr Ngunyi said Prof Mutua as a CJ would be “tragic political joke.”

The controversial political analyst also questioned the professor’s academic qualifications, comparing him to a “Toyota that looks like a Mercedes Benz.”

And while Mr Ngunyi was viciously attacking Prof Mutua, top city lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi also poked fun at the professor’s 72-page CV.

The vacancies in the office of the Chief Justice and Deputy Chief Justice were declared vacant by Judicial Service Commission last month following the retirement of Dr Mutunga, Justice Kalpana Rawal and Justice Philip Tunoi.

Prof Mutua is among eight candidates, including former national Assembly speaker, Kenneth Marende, who have applied for the top job in the Judiciary.

The other applicants are Supreme Court Judge Dr Smokin Wanjala, Court of Appeal Judges David Maranga and Alnashir Vishram and High Court judges Msagah Mbogholi and Judge Richard Mwongo.