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Profiles of Judges Selected to Rule on BBI in Appeal Case

President of the Court of Appeal justice Daniel Musinga on June 24, 2021 constituted a seven-judge bench to hear the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) case.

Justice Daniel Musinga

He was appointed President of the Appellate Court on May 24, 2021. Musinga previously served as chairman of the Judiciary Committee on Elections (JCE).

Musinga is graduate of Law and was admitted to the High Court in 1988. He was first appointed judge in 2003 and posted to Nakuru.

Court of Appeal President Justice Daniel Musinga at the Supreme Court in Nairobi on May 24, 2021. |Photo| Courtesy|

He served in Nakuru until 2007 and was transferred to Kisii Kigh Court as presiding judge. He is renowned for his forward thinking and in 2011 was named Jurist of the Year by the International Commission of Jurists – Kenya Section.

Over the course of his career, he has deliberated on major cases, and in some, his rulings shook the government.

Lady Justice Roselyn Nambuye

Lady Justice Roselyn Naliaka Nambuye was born in 1953 in Bungoma County.

For her secondary school education, Justice Nambuye attended Lugulu Girls in Bungoma. She later joined the University of Nairobi in 1973 for her Bachelor of Laws degree. She graduated with second class upper honors.

She proceeded to the Kenya School of Law for a Diploma in Law in 1976.

Court of Appeal Judge, Lady Justice Roselyn Nambuye. |Photo| Courtesy|

Upon graduation, Justice Nambuye was first posted to to Marsabit as a District Officer III, but rose to the rank of District Officer II within two years.

In 1980, became a District Magistrate and was posted to several stations. They included; Nairobi, Nakuru, Kericho, Eldoret, Kisumu, among others.

He diligent work, saw her rise through the ranks of Acting Resident Magistrate, Resident Magistrate, and Senior Resident Magistrate.

Nambuye became the woman Principal Magistrate and later the first woman Chief Magistrate.

She was appointed to the High Court in 1991 as the third female judge. 20 years later, in 2011, she appointed to the Court of Appeal.

Justice Patrick Kiage

Justice Patrick Omwenga Kiage was born on September 6, 1969 in Kisii County.

He is an alumnus of Alliance High School and the University of Nairobi where he attained a Bachelor of Laws degree. He later proceeded to the Kenya School of Law for his Diploma in Law.

Justice Kiage holds a Master of Laws degree in Public Service Law from New York University. He majored in Human Rights and Criminal Justice.

He was admitted to the bar in 1993 and began his career as a criminal defence attorney.

Court of Appeal Judge, Justice Patrick Kiage. |Photo| Courtesy|

Justice Kiage in 2007 was appointed as a special prosecutor in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. He served as deputy DPP in charge of County Affairs and Regulatory Prosecutions.

He taught Criminal Procedure and Practice, and Family Law at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) as well as Trial Advocacy at the Kenya School of Law.

Justice Kiage, 51, has also served on the National Governing Council of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK).

He is a judge of the Court of Appeal in Nyeri.

Lady Justice Hannah Okwengu

Lady Justice Hannah Okwengu is currently a Judge of the Court of Appeal based in Nairobi.

She attended the uNiversity of Nairobi and graduated with a Bachelors Law degree in 1979.

Justice Okwengu began her career as a Land Registrar in Mombasa. She later moved to the Municipal Council of Mombasa and served as an advocate for 3 years.

She would later join of S.K. Mwangi & Co. Advocates for about a year and proceeded to the Judiciary as an acting Resident Magistrate in October, 1983.

Justice Okwengu worked from 1983 to 1999 rising to the rank of Chief Magistrate.

She was appointed by late former President Daniel Moi as Assistant Director Kenya Anti-Corruption Authority (KACA) for a five year term in 1999.

Court of Appeal Judge, Lady Justice Hannah Okwengu. |Photo| Courtesy|

Her appointment was cut short in October 2001, when the High Court declared KACA unconstitutional.

Justice Okwengu rejoined the Judiciary and was posted to Mombasa as Chief Magistrate. In 2003 she was appointed judge of the High Court and transferred to Nyeri.

She has also worked at the Milimani Commercial Court.

Justice Okwengu is married. She has 2 sons, 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren.

Lady Justice Fatuma Sichale

Lady Justice Fatuma Sichale was born in 1958 in Trans Nzoia County, Western Kenya.

She attended Kapsabet Girls School and later Alliance Girls for her ‘A’ levels between 1976 and 1977.

Justice Sichale proceeded to the University of Nairobi in 1981 where she later graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree.

She was admitted to the Roll of Advocates in 1983 and proceeded to work as a Magistrate.

Justice Sichale rose to the rank of Resident Magistrate and in 1987 she went into private practice in Nairobi and Kitale.

Court of Appeal Judge, Lady Justice Fatuma Sichale. |Photo| Courtesy|

She was appointed vice chair of the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC) in 2003. In August 2004, Justice Aaron Ringera appointed Sichale as an assistant director. She rose to the rank of deputy director in 2005.

Justice Sichale resigned from KACC in 2009.

She has her own law firm located in the Nairobi Central Business District (CBD).

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