DPP, CJ Koome mourn death of magistrate Monica Kivuti

Kivuti was shot on Thursday afternoon at the Makadara Law Courts.

In Summary
  • Kivuti died at the Nairobi Hospital where she was transferred for specialised care after the shooting incident.
  • Her family said the body was moved to Lee Funeral Home.
Makadara Principal Magistrate Monica Kivuti
Makadara Principal Magistrate Monica Kivuti

The Director of Public Prosecutions Renson Ingonga and Chief Justice Martha Koome have mourned the death of Makadara Principal Magistrate Monica Kivuti.

Kivuti was shot on Thursday afternoon at the  Makadara Law Courts after she made a ruling in a case involving a policeman's wife.

Koome said Magistrate Kivuti succumbed to the injuries sustained from the shooting incident. 

The DPP prayed that the family of the departed magistrate finds strength and solace in her memories.

Ingonga added that the fallen magistrate's contribution to the nation will be dearly missed.

"Kivuti was a dedicated jurist and beacon of integrity and justice in our judicial system. Her commitment to upholding the rule of law and ensuring fairness in her line of duty earned her respect and admiration among her colleagues and the public," Ingonga said.

"The circumstances surrounding her death are tragic and deeply regrettable."

On her part, CJ Koome said the Judiciary stands with the family and friends of Kivuti.

"We condole with the family, friends and the entire Judiciary fraternity during this very difficult period of mourning. The Judiciary family stands in solidarity during this deeply traumatic time and calls for sensitivity and compassion as we share in grief," she said.

The Law Society of Kenya Nairobi branch chairman Eric Kivuva condoled with the family and friends of Kivuva as well and called for a speedy investigation on the circumstances surrounding her demise.

"We call upon the Judiciary and the security agencies to ensure speedy and conclusive investigations into the unfortunate incident and to ensure the safety and security of all court users, Judicial officers and Judges throughout the Republic. May the soul of Hon Monica Kivuti find eternal rest," he said in a statement.

Kivuti died at the Nairobi Hospital on Friday where she was transferred for specialised care after the shooting incident.

Her family said the body was moved to Lee Funeral Home.

Magistrate Kivuti had been shot and injured in the hip area and chest.

She was rushed to Metropolitan Hospital and later transferred to Nairobi Hospital where she succumbed.

On Friday, an urgent blood appeal was made to help save her life.

"Urgent appeal for blood donation. This is to kindly request blood donation for Hon Monica Kivuti," Law Society of Kenya (LSK) male representative at the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) Omwanza Ombati said.

The Judiciary said the magistrate had "cancelled the bond for an accused person who had jumped bond and had failed to offer satisfactory explanations for jumping bond".

"Immediately this decision was pronounced, a person shot at the magistrate and injured her on the hip,” it said in a statement.

The officer, identified as Chief Inspector Samson Kipchirchir Kipruto, who was in charge of a police station in Londiani in Kisumu,  pulled out a gun and shot the magistrate, injuring her.

Other officers in court responded immediately, with one of them shooting the offending policeman and killing him.

In the process, three other officers were injured, a police report said.

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