All you need to know about Kenya's Deputy Chief Justice, Philomena Mwilu, who has been arrested for corruption

Her arrest followed a series of meetings by the Judicial Service Commission, the judiciary employer, for the better part of the morning.

Judge Mwilu was later taken to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations for questioning.

According to Daily Nation, investigations on the judge have mainly revolved around transactions involving the collapsed Imperial Bank, and failure to pay taxes.

Moments after the arrest, Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji called an urgent press conference on the matter.

“The evidence in our possession shows that DCJ Mwilu abused her office, obtained execution over security belonging to Imperial Bank which is now under receivership under false pretences, and engaged in unlawful failure to pay taxes."

“This decision has not been taken lightly but it is the right decision under the law. Most of us at DPP's office are officers of the court and the independence of the Judiciary is dear to us,” Haji told journalists at a press conference in Nairobi on Tuesday

Here is all you need to know about the Kenyan Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu

Judge Mwilu is a Court of Appeal judge and has served in the judiciary for 32 years.

She supports polygamy “as long as there is peace in the family” and she is married to Kenya’s former attorney general and current Busia senator, Amos Wako.

She has also served in the Commercial Division in Nairobi, at the Eldoret High Court and the Civil Appeals sub-division of the High Court, the murder section of the Criminal Division and later headed the Environment and Land Division of the High Court.

She graduated from the University of Nairobi and was admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya in 1984.

Philomena Mwilu’s career

From 1984 to 1991, Philomena Mwilu began her judicial career by practising law in the firm of Muthoga Gaturu & Company and later went to Mutunga & Company Advocates.

June 1991 – April 1997: Senior Legal manager at at Jubilee Insurance Company Ltd as a senior legal manager.

1999 and 2001: Board secretary at the Electricity Regulatory board

2006 – 2007: The deputy chairperson of the Energy Tribunal.

2007: Director of the Board of Nairobi Water and Sewerage company and later as chair of the Legal and Human Resource Committees of the Board before she joined the Judiciary

She first served in the Commercial Division in Nairobi and later transferred to the High Court in Eldoret.

She was later transferred to Nairobi where she served at the Criminal Division and later headed the Environment and Land Division of the High Court, between February and December 2011.

In January 2012, she was appointed the head of the Environment and Land Division of the High Court and in November of the same year, she was elevated to the Court of Appeal


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