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Kenya President Nominates Chief Justice, Prosecutor, Controller

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki nominated a new chief justice, attorney general, director of public prosecution and budget controller, the government said late yesterday.

The four nominations are made in consultation with Prime Minister Raila Odinga and subject to parliamentary approval. The president’s office consulted Odinga before making the nominations, discussing the positions and not specific nominees, Nairobi-based Daily Nation reported on its website.

If approved, AlnashirRamazanadi Magan Visram, a judge in the court of appeals, will replace Evan Gicheru as chief justice. Githu Muigai, a law professor at the University of Nairobi, will replace Amos Wako as attorney general, according to an e-mailed statement from the president’s office.

Kioko Kilukumi, a Kenyan who served as public prosecutor in the Kingdom of Swaziland between 1993 and 1996, will become director of public prosecution, a position created under the new constitution that took effect Aug. 27. William Kirwa, managing director of state-run Agricultural Development Corp., was nominated to the new position of controller of budget.

Under the new constitution, the current chief justice and attorney general are replaced by Feb. 27 and Aug. 27 respectively. The contract provides for a deputy chief justice and deputy director of public prosecution.

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