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CJ effects several transfers

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 7 – Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has made several changes in the Judiciary.

The transfers by the CJ will take effect from October 1, according to a memo sent out on Monday.

Those moved from Nairobi include Justices Aggrey Muchelule and Jeanne Gacheche who have been posted to Bungoma and Kericho respectively.

In other changes, a new division known as Constitutional and Human Rights Division to be headed by Justice Isaac Lenaola has been created. He will be assisted by Justices Grace Ngugi and David Majanja.

Justice Martha Koome will now head the Land and Environmental Division and will work together with newly appointed judges Pauline Nyamweya and Rose Ougo.

The Judicial Review Division will now be headed by Justice Mohamed Warsame assisted by Justices Cecelia Githua and Korir Weldon Kipyegon.

Principal judge Msagha Mbogholi will be in charge of the Nairobi criminal division. He has been given four judges to help ease pending backlog of murder cases.

Justice John Mwera remains in charge of the civil division. He will work with justices Roselyn Nambuye, Mary Ang’awa, Hatari Waweru and Kalpana Rawal.

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The Commercial and Admiralty division will be presided over by eight judges led by Justice Daniel Musinga.

The CJ has also has appointed seven judges to work at the Mombasa station led by Justice Hannah Okwengu.

Justice Paul Kihara Kariuki will remain as head of the Judiciary Training Institute but will also part time hear cases before the Commercial and Admiralty division.

Justice Mutunga says he was ready to discuss time frames for relocation of new judges, particularly those who have been recruited outside the Judiciary.

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