David Majanja
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On Wednesday, July 10, 2024, High Court Judge David Majanja passed away at a Nairobi hospital.

Preliminary reports indicate that he had checked in for surgery. His death has created a significant void in Kenya's judiciary.

"On behalf of the Judiciary and the Judicial Service Commission, it is with profound sadness that I announce the sudden passing of Hon. Justice David Amilcar Shikomera Majanja, Judge of the High Court of Kenya and Commissioner of the Judicial Service Commission. We are all heartbroken. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends, colleagues, and the entire Judiciary and JSC fraternity during this time of deep sorrow and sadness," Chief Justice Martha Koome wrote on X.

"Justice Majanja will be remembered as a towering figure in the development of our transformative post-2010 jurisprudence and a crucial pillar in the institution-building of the JSC and the Judiciary."

Now, let's also remember other members of the judiciary who have passed away over the years.

Monica Kivuti

Monica Kivuti
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The Principal Magistrate of Makadara Law Courts, tragically passed away from injuries sustained in a shooting involving a senior police officer on June 13, 2024.

"I wish to confirm to the Nation that Hon. Monica Kivuti, Principal Magistrate of Makadara Law Courts, has succumbed to the extensive injuries sustained during an open gunfire incident in court," CJ Koome stated.

Kivuti died at Nairobi Hospital, where she was transferred for specialized care following the shooting incident.

Otieno Odek

Otieno Odek
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Court of Appeal Judge Prof. Justice James Otieno Odek was discovered deceased at his residence.

Odek passed away at the age of 56. Confirming the incident, Nyanza Regional Police Commander Dr. Vincent Makokha stated that Justice Odek was found dead in his home on the morning of Monday, December 16, 2019.

“On behalf of the Judiciary, the Judicial Service Commission, and personally, I wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and the entire legal fraternity for this tragic loss,” Former Chief Justice Maraga said in his statement.