George Odunga among top judges transferred by Chief Justice Maraga

Chief Justice David Maraga. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Chief Justice David Maraga. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

High Court judge George Odunga is among top judges affected by transfers made by Chief Justice David Maraga on Tuesday.

Justice Odunga, who has been serving at the Judicial Review Division in Nairobi, has been moved to Machakos High Court as the presiding judge, swapping places with Justice Pauline Nyamweya. Justice Odunga has come under attack, especially from politicians aligned to the ruling Jubilee party, because of his judgments.

Among those that rattled many was his judgment that found that county returning officers and their deputies were illegally appointed. The decision was overturned by the Court of Appeal.

Mr Maraga moved 17 other judges in the reshuffle. They include Justice Richard Mwongo, the Principal Judge of the High Court, who has been moved to Naivasha, Justice Christine Meoli, who moves from Naivasha to Kiambu, and Justice Joel Ngugi who has been transferred from Kiambu to Nakuru as the presiding judge.

Others are Maureen Odero from Nakuru to Nairobi (civil division), Lydia Achode from Nairobi to Eldoret High Court, while George Kimondo, the presiding judge in Eldoret, moves to Kisii.

Justice Jacqueline Kamau moves back to Nairobi from the Voi High Court, while Justice Wilfrida Onkwanyi moves from Kisii to the Constitutional and Human Rights division in Nairobi.

Justice Rose Ougo also moves from the Family division in Nairobi to Kisii High Court, while Justice Roselyn Aburili moves from the Judicial Review in Nairobi to Bungoma as the presiding judge.

Judge Boaz Olao of the Environment and Land Court in Kerugoya swaps places with Justice Samuel Mukunya who has been serving in Bungoma.

Justice Joseph Karanja will now preside the High Court in Homabay while Justice Abida Ali Aroni moves from Bungoma to Family division in Nairobi.

The judges will report to their new stations in April.