Chief Justice Martha Koome has urged President Kenyatta to appoint the six judges he rejected.
Through a statement, Koome said the president breached the Constitution by appointing 34 out of the 41 judges recommended to him by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) in 2019.
She added that the move is tantamount to the president not respecting the rule of law and the independence of the Judiciary.
“We call upon the President to appoint the remaining 6 judges because the Judiciary is still in fire need as the backlog of cases is increasing,” said Koome.
She added: “No person or authority is allowed to direct the JSC or the Judiciary in the execution of their mandate.”
Kenyatta failed to appoint Justices Weldon Korir, Aggrey Muchelule, George Odunga, Joel Ngugi, Makori Evans Kiago, and Judith Omange Cheruiyot.
Speaking during the swearing-in ceremony for the 34 judges at State House on Friday, Kenyatta insisted that his actions are in the interest of the country.
He noted that he could not ignore available information putting into question the integrity of the affected judges.
“Just like you today, I too took the oath to both the letter and the spirit of the law and it is not open to me to turn a blind eye to reports of our state organs,” Uhuru said.
“As long as I am president I will choose the right over the convenient, I will choose the hard over the easy, and I am not doing this for myself but the people of Kenya and for posterity.”
President Kenyatta had delayed the appointment of the judges since July 2019, citing integrity issues on some of the nominees.