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Philomena Mwilu fights past tribulations in succeeding Maraga



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Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu has been described by many who have worked with her as a likeable, soft-spoken but firm in her decisions.

For those who were glued to their TVs in August 2017, watching the captivating drama that was the election petition filed by ODM leader Raila Odinga, will attest to this.

The DCJ was quiet most of the time but when she stopped counsel while making submissions, her questions were simple and stinging.

Justice Mwilu was among judges who nullified the 2017 presidential election in a majority decision.

Soon after the nullification of the election, Justice Mwilu’s troubles started.

At first, it was an attack on her aide, a scaring move that made her miss the hearing of a second petition, filed to challenge the repeat poll.

The case was never heard because of lack of quorum.

This was to be followed a few months later by her planned arrest over claims of fraud and abuse of office.

Philomena Mwilu.

She would later challenged the planned prosecution and a bench of five judges quashed the charges, over the manner in which the police obtained the evidence.

Speaking during the burial of Machakos Senator Boniface Kabaka, Justice Mwilu spoke of her tribulations. “For those who have been in this country in the past three years know that I have been tested to the limit,” she said.

She caused a laughter when she repeated what the priest had earlier said. “For those who think that some of us will not go to heaven,” she said before switching to Kamba, “Heaven does not belong to your mother.”

Other than being the acting CJ, Justice Mwilu is also the Supreme Court’s representative at the JSC and plays a key role in the employment and promotion of judges.

Before she joined the Judiciary, Justice Mwilu had served as an advocate for over 32 years.

Chief justice David Maraga looking forward to a cool and peaceful retirement as he starts his terminal leave tomorrow

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