Justice Fatuma Sichale has been sworn in as the representative of the Court of Appeal to the Judiciary Service Commission (JSC).
Sichale was sworn in as the representative of the Court of Appeal to the Judiciary Service Commission (JSC) by Chief Justice (CJ) Martha Koome on Monday, February 5, as Justice Mohammed Warsame’s second term comes to an end.
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Koome expressed confidence in Sichale’s appointment adding that her years of expertise will boost her role in promoting an independent and transparent Judiciary.
“I am certain you will be a valuable team player in the commission. Your 40 years in service is a rich addition which I’m sure will add value to the commission,” said Koome.
Koome also thanked the outgoing Court of Appeal representative to the JSC, Justice Warsame, who served in the commission for two years, for his dedication to service, saying he is an integral player in the advancement of judicial independence. She described him as a hard-working and dedicated judge.
“During this consequential ten-year period, he has been a central player in the major transformative milestones witnessed in the JSC and the Judiciary over this period, for which we thank him,” Koome said.
After taking oath of office, Sichale expressed gratitude for being chosen to occupy the position, vowing to serve with diligence and integrity.
“40 years ago I was on these same premises interviewing to be a district magistrate 2,” she said.
“To be sworn in today is the pinnacle of one’s judicial career I undertake to work hard and diligently and to be of service to all, regardless of their position and stature.”
The JSC consists of 11 members headed by the CJ, one Supreme Court judge elected by the judges of the Supreme Court and one Court of Appeal judge elected by the judges of the Court of Appeal.
Others are one High Court judge and one magistrate (one a woman and one a man) elected by the members of the association of judges and magistrates, the Attorney General, and one person nominated by the Public Service Commission (PSC)
It also includes one woman and one man, who are not lawyers, who represent the public and are appointed by the President with the approval of the National Assembly.
However, all members of the commission apart from the CJ and Attorney General hold office for a term of five years and shall be eligible to be nominated for one further term of five years.