President Kibaki has withdrawn his nominations to four constitutional offices. The President said that whereas he acted within his constitutional mandate in making the nominations, the matter was of great national importance. "Following extensive consultations with a large section of Members of Parliament in order to ensure that national interest remains paramount, I reiterate that both the Legal and Justice Committee of Parliament as well as the Committee on Finance and Trade concluded that I have acted within my constitutional mandate in the execution of the nominations," he said at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi. "However, considering the importance of the office of the Chief Justice as the head of the Judicial Arm of the Government, I have considered all the concerns expressed in regard to this nomination and I have concluded that it is beneficial that the nomination to fill this office, during the transition period, is also done through the Judicial Service Commission," said President Kibaki. "In regard to nomination of the Attorney General, I have invited the Prime Minister for further consultations. "I have also decided that the positions of Director of Public Prosecutions and Controller of Budget should be advertised through the Public Service Commission," he said. President Kibaki said the move will "enable us to move forward with the implementation process of the Constitution". Country He appealed to Kenyans to remain united as we the country forges ahead with process of implementing the constitution. Gichugu MP Martha Karua said onTwitter: "Katiba (Constitution) wins round one as Kibaki withdraws the controversial four nominees." On Monday, Attorney General Amos Wako told a court that the nominations were improper. A senior state counsel, Ms Wanjiku Mbiyu, said the Judicial Service Commission was ignored when the President nominated Justice Alnashir Visram to succeed outgoing Chief Justice Evan Gicheru. The Attorney Generals position is and has been JSC was not involved in the appointment as required under the Constitution, Ms Mbiyu told a three-judge bench. Last week, House Speaker Kenneth Marende declared the nominations illegal and referred the matter back to the principals to restart the process. Consult Mr Marende said President Kibaki did not follow the law in nominating Mr Justice Alnashir Visram to be Chief Justice, Prof Githu Muigai (Attorney General), lawyer Kioko Kilukumi (Director of Public Prosecutions) and William Kirwa as Controller of Budget. He said the President did not consult the Prime Minister as envisaged by the constitution and the National Accord. On Friday, President Kibaki, however, said he had acted within his "constitutional mandate" in making the nominations. "In my actions as your President, I have at all times acted in accordance with the Constitution and the Laws of Kenya, he said. The President said he will await the decision of the constitutional court over the matter.