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The Judge President of the East African Court of Justice (EACJ), Justice Emmanuel Ugirashebuja has congratulated ‘learned friend’ Justice Isaac Lenaola upon his new appointment as a judge of the Supreme Court of Kenya.

Justice Ugirashebuja said that Justice Lenaola’s elevation from the High Court to the Supreme Court demonstrates the judge’s industriousness and commitment to serve, thus his being entrusted with a greater assignment.

On October 28 President Uhuru Kenyatta swore in Justice Lenaola as a Judge of the Supreme Court. Also sworn in at the same ceremony was Justice Philomena Mwilu as the Deputy Chief Justice of Kenya.

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Justice Lenaola, who has been a Judge at the High Court of Kenya, was promoted to the Supreme Court of Kenya after a rigorous recruitment process. He replaced retired Justice Philip Tunoi, former Vice President of the EACJ. Until his appointment, Justice Lenaola was the head of the Constitutional and Human Rights Division at the High Court of Kenya.

The Summit of the EAC Heads of State appointed Justice Lenaola as a Judge of the EACJ, First Instance Division, in April 2011 and consequently designated him as the Deputy Principal Judge of the same Division in November 2013, a position he still holds to date. Justice Lenaola replaced retired Ugandan Lady Justice Mary Stella Arach Amoko with effect from December 1, 2013.