Martha Koome

Martha Koome is the Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya - a position she took up in May 2021 following her appointment by former president Uhuru Kenyatta.

She made history, becoming the first woman to head the judiciary in Kenya. She also leads the National Multi-Sectoral Consultative Forum on Election Preparedness.

In her first 100 days in office, the lady Justice embarked on a quest to ensure rapid delivery of justice. This, she would do by pushing for the hiring of more judges in a bid to reduce the backlog of cases in the country. 

Notably, she implored the use of technology as a tool to increase the efficiency of the judiciary. Tp date, court proceedings that had been put on hold are taking place online. 

In addition, she pushed for more funding of the judiciary, which had been under-financed, thus undermining its efficiency. President William Ruto, in his inaugural address, pledged to increase Judiciary budget by Ksh3 billion annually.  

During her tenure, Lady Justice Koome has put effort to amend the strained relationship between the judiciary and the executive. She has worked together with several ministries including the Ministry of Internal Security and ICT.