President William Ruto has named lawyer Omwanza Ombati as the latest member of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), succeeding Macharia Njeru as the Law Society of Kenya’s representative.

Ombati’s appointment, outlined in Gazette notice no. 5164 dated May 2, comes after his triumph in the LSK election held on February 29, securing a five-year term starting May 13.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by Article 250 (2) (C) as read with Article 171 (2) (f) of the Constitution of Kenya, I, William Samoei Ruto, President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces, appoint Samson Omwanza Ombati to be a member of the Judicial Service Commission, for a period of five years,” stated the notice.

The JSC, a pivotal body within the Judiciary, is responsible for crucial decisions such as judge appointments and handling petitions for judicial removal. Comprising 11 members, including the Chief Justice as chairperson, it plays a vital role in upholding the integrity and efficiency of the country’s legal system.

Expressing gratitude for the opportunity, Omwanza conveyed his commitment to serving the legal fraternity diligently. “Be blessed to you all. I shall serve you faithfully, honestly and diligently,” he affirmed.

With 18 years of legal experience and qualifications from Moi University and Cambridge University, Omwanza brings a wealth of expertise to his new role, further enriching the JSC’s diverse composition and strengthening its mandate in safeguarding judicial independence and excellence.