The 7 Brave Judges who stopped BBI ‘reggae’-Altered course of Kenya’s history


The 7 Brave Judges who stopped BBI ‘reggae’-Altered course of Kenya’s history

The 7 Brave Judges who stopped BBI ‘reggae’-Altered course of Kenya’s historyThe List: A seven Judge bench from Kenya’s appellate court upheld a ruling from the High Court that had found the constitutional amendments through the BBI unlawful.

In a 10-hour ruling on Friday, the seven judges gripped the attention of Kenyans, and as pundits would say after the ruling, altered the course of Kenya’s history.

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So who were the 7?

Justice Daniel Kiio Musinga

The court of appeal president Daniel Musinga, presided over the 7-judge bench.

  • May 2021 – elected President, Court of Appeal by fellow Judges pursuant to Article 164(2)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • January 2021 – nominated as Chairman, Judiciary Committee on Elections.
  • 2018 to 2021-Chairman, Judiciary Rules Committee
  • December 2012 – appointed Court of Appeal Judge.
  • 2013 to 2017-First Chairman, Performance Management and Measurement Steering Committee.
    2003 – 2000- appointed Judge of the High Court of Kenya, posted to Nakuru
  • 2003-Member of the Tribunal to investigate conduct of suspended High Court Judges.
2008- 2010-served in the High Court at Kisii.
  • 2011- appointed Presiding Judge, Commercial and Admiralty Division, Nairobi.
  • 2011- honoured by International Commission of Jurists as Jurist of the Year
  • 2010: Honoured by the Law Society of Kenya for Distinguished Service in the Administration of Justice
  • 2000 – 2003 – Chairman, LSK Mombasa Chapter
  • 1988-1991 – legal practice-Gikandi & Company advocates-Mombasa.

Lady Justice Roselyn Naliaka Nambuye

  • 2012-appointed Judge of the Court of Appeal
  • Currently heads the Court of Appeal in Nairobi, Criminal Division
  • 1991 – appointed Chief Magistrate and in the same year elevated to High Court Judge
  • 1988-1990- Principal Magistrate
  • 1982-1986-Deputy Registrar and later Senior Resident Magistrate
  • 1980-joined the Judiciary as District Magistrate (Prof)
  • 1979-appointed a District Officer with special magisterial powers
  • Founder member and a Past Chairpckson of the Kenya Women Judges Association (KWJA)
  • Holds a Master of Laws Degree (LLM) in Public International Law from the University of Nairobi (2006)
  • Masters Degree in International Conflict Management (MAICM) from the University of Nairobi (2011)
  • Masters Class Certificate in Business Management and Leadership (2017)
  • Honorary Doctorate Degree from the Commonwealth University of Belize through
  • London Graduate School, United Emirates (2017)

Lady Justice Hannah Magondi Okwengu

  • 2011-appointed Judge of the Court of Appeal.
  • Currently Head of Civil Division, Court of Appeal.
  • Board Member representing Africa in the International Association of Women Judges.
  • Chairperson of Judicial Committee that developed a Criminal Procedure Bench Book for the Judiciary.
  • 2003- Appointed Judge of the High Court.
  • 1998 – Assistant Director in charge of Prosecutions in the former Kenya Anti-Corruption Authority.
  • 1998 -Recipient of the LSK Award for Distinguished Service in the Administration of Justice.
  • 1983-Joined Judiciary as Resident Magistrate and rose to Chief Magistrate.
  • Past Chairperson of the International Association of Women Judges (IWAJ-Kenya Chapter.
  • Holds Masters Degree in Law from Queen Mary University of London.
  • Holds Certificate in Management from the University of Bradford-UK.

Justice Patrick Omwenga Kiage

  • 2012-appointed Judge of the Court of Appeal.
  •  2021 – Presiding Judge, Court of Appeal, Kisumu.
  • 2015 – date, Regional Vice President for East, Central and Southern Africa on Commonwealth Magistrates’ and Judges’ Association Council.
  • 2007-Special Prosecuting Counsel and Deputy Director, Public Prosecutions.
  • 2007- 2012 – Lecturer in Law at Catholic University of Eastern Africa ad Kenya School of Law
  • Author of Books: Criminal Procedure and Practice in Kenya and Family Law in Kenya.
  • Over 10 years practice as a criminal defence lawyer.
  • 2001-2007-facilitator and trainer in ADR for KNHRC.
  • 1993-2007-worked with various law firms starting with Kurgat & Associates before moving to Nyachae & Company Advocates and later to Kiage & Company Advocates as Sole Proprietor and later as Senior Partner
  • Holder of a Masters Degree from New York University majoring in Public Service Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Comparative Criminal Justice and Human Rights.

Justice Gatembu Kairu, FCIArb

  • 2012- appointed Judge of the Court of Appeal.
  • 2009-2012-Proprietor, Arbitration and Mediation Suite.
  • 1990-2012-Lecturer, School of Law, University of Nairobi.
  • 1993-2009-Partner, Kairu & McCourt Advocates.
  • 1987-1993-Associate, Kimani Kairu & Company Advocates.
  • 1985-1987- Legal Assistant, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews Advocates.

Lady Justice Fatuma Sichale

  • 2012-appointed Judge of the Court of Appeal.
  • 2012-short stint as Chairperson of the Communication Appeals Tribunal.
    Has been associated for long with the fight against corruption.
  • 2004- 2009 Assistant Director, Legal Services at Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission and later appointed the Deputy Director.
  • 2004-nominated by FIDA (K) to the Board membership of Kenya Anti- Corruption Commission (KACC).
  • 2004 – Board Member of the National Anti-Corruption Campaign Steering Committee.
  • 2004 – appointed one of the seven Board members of the then Kenya Anti-Corruption Authority (KACA).
    Served as a Board Member of Kenya Forest Service.
  • 1987-2004 legal practice.
  • 1984-joined the Judiciary as a District Magistrate l (Prof).
  • She has been a Council member of Law Society of Kenya (LSK) as well as FIDA (K).

Justice Francis Tuiyott

  • 2021-appointed Judge of the Court of Appeal.
  • 2011-appointed Judge of the High Court.
 2003-2011-legal private practice.
  • 2010-2011-Chairman Sugar Arbitration Tribunal.
  • 1993-2010-Advocate at Nyaundi Tuiyott & Company Advocates
  • 1991-1993- Associate Advocate at AGN Kamau Advocates.
    Holds a Master of Laws Degree from University of London.



The 7 Brave Judges who stopped BBI ‘reggae’-Altered course of Kenya’s history

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