NAIROBI, Kenya Oct 7 – Lady Justice Maureen Onyango is the new Principal Judge for Employment and Labour Relations Court following elections held on Friday.
Lady Justice Onyango who becomes the first lady to hold the position takes over from Justice Nduma Nderi whose term expired.
Chief justice David Maraga congratulated her for the major achievement in the Court which is tasked with determining labour disputes, setting out the process for instituting claims, petitions or appeals, the enforcement of decrees and the registration of collective bargaining agreements among other processes..
Lady Justice Onyango shall hold office for a term of not more than five years and shall be eligible for re-election for one further term of five years.
As Principal Judge, she shall have supervisory powers over the Court and shall be answerable to the Chief Justice.
Following the election lobby groups such as Federation of Women Lawyers – Kenya (FIDA-Kenya) and Consumers Federation of Kenya (Cofek) led Kenyans and other institutions in flooding the social media platform with congratulatory messages.
“FIDA Kenya congratulates Lady Justice Maureen Onyango for being elected as the first female Principal Judge in the Employment and Labour Relations Court. We celebrate every achievement of Women in public offices. Hongera,” FIDA said in a post.
COFEK tweeted: “Congratulations Lady Justice Onyango. May you mentor the girl child aspiring to be a Chief Justice!”