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Kenyan President Names Mutunga as Chief Justice; Baraza Deputy

June 17, 2011

June 17 (Bloomberg) -- Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki appointed Willy Mutunga as the East African nation’s chief justice, the presidency said.

Nancy Baraza was named as Mutunga’s deputy, while Keraiko Tobiko becomes director of public prosecutions, according to an e-mailed statement from Kibaki’s office in Nairobi, the capital.

The appointments follow months of wrangling between Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga over changes to the judiciary promised in the country’s new constitution.

In January, Odinga rejected Kibaki’s appointment of a new chief justice, attorney general, director of public prosecutions and budget controller, saying he wasn’t consulted as required by the constitution. That new charter was promised in a power- sharing accord reached in 2008 to end two months of post- election violence that left an estimated 1,500 people dead and displaced 300,000 more.

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