High court Judge David Majanja
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On Wednesday, July 10, 2024, High Court Judge David Majanja passed away while undergoing treatment at Nairobi Hospital.

His death has left a significant void in Kenya's judiciary. Let’s explore more about his background:

Justice Majanja was initially elected to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) on May 14, 2019, for a five-year term, succeeding Judge Aggrey Muchelule as the JSC male representative after his tenure ended on April 4, 2019.

On May 25th, David was re-elected to the JSC, representing the Kenya Magistrates and Judges Association for a second term. He was formally sworn in as a member of the JSC on May 28, 2024.

David was appointed as a judge of the High Court in 2011 and served in various court stations including Kisumu.

Before his re-election to the JSC, Majanja chaired the Human Resource and Management Committee and was a member of the Audit, Governance and Risk Management, and Learning Development Committees.

He attended the Hill School in Eldoret and Alliance High School, and earned a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from the University of Pretoria in 2005, as well as a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Nairobi in 1996. David also held a Postgraduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law and was admitted to the Bar in 1998.

Prior to founding Majanja Luseno and Company Advocates in 2007, Justice Majanja practiced law specializing in Civil and Commercial Law.

He was actively involved in public interest litigation and served as assisting counsel for the Commission of Inquiry into Post-Election Violence, famously known as the Waki Commission.

He was a member of the bench that declared the housing levy, included in the Finance Act of 2023, discriminatory and unconstitutional in November 2023.