NAIROBI, 14TH FEBRUARY 2018: Justice George Odunga has been moved to the Machakos High Court and his place at the Judicial Review Division taken over by Lady Justice Pauline Nyamweya who will now be the division's presiding judge.
Justice John Mativo of the Constitutional Division has also been moved to the Judicial Review Division.
The move comes in the wake of criticism of the judiciary by the Jubilee government over alleged biased rulings in favor of the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition.
In the run-up to last year's presidential elections, National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale had threatened to introduce a motion in parliament to discuss Justice Odunga's conduct.
“I will be on record as the first Member of Parliament in independent Kenya to bring a motion to discuss the conduct of a sitting judge which is legal in the constitution under article 94,” said Duale.
Jubilee Party Secretary General, Raphael Tuju also faulted Justice Odunga for failing to recuse himself from matters filed on behalf of NASA by Senior Counsel James Orengo with whom Tuju said the judge had close family ties.
Among controversial rulings Odunga made in the period leading to the presidential election last year was one to the effect that Returning Officers for the purpose of the said election were irregularly listed by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
Others affected by the transfers are Justice Richard Mwongo who has been transferred from his Milimani Law Courts station to Naivasha High Court where he will remain a Presiding Judge.Justices Christine Meoli, Joel Ngugi, George Kimondo, Joseph Karanja, Roselyn Aburili, and Hellen Omondi have been moved to Kiambu, Nakuru, Kisii, Homa Bay, Bungoma and Eldoret High Courts respectively as Presiding Judges.
Lady Justices Maureen Odero, Cecilia Githua, and Jacqueline Kamau have been moved to the Civil Division in Nairobi.
Lady Lydia Achode, Rose Ougo, and Wilfrida Okwany have been transferred to Eldoret High Court, Kisii High Court, and the Constitutional and Human Rights Division in Nairobi respectively.
Justices Boaz Olao, Samuel Mukunya and Lady Justice Abida Ali will serve at the Bungoma High Court, Kerugoya High Court, and the Family Division in Nairobi respectively.