Mombasa Principal Magistrate Elvis Michieka died of COVID-19, K24 Digital has learnt.
Michieka died Wednesday morning (December 2) while receiving
treatment at the Karen Hospital in Nairobi.
The magistrate had been admitted to the facility for two
weeks, Chief Justice David Maraga said in a statement Wednesday.
According to a well-placed source, Michieka was rushed to
hospital two weeks ago after developing breathing problems. He was diagnosed
with COVID-19 upon examination.
Following his demise Wednesday, Michieka’s body was moved to
the Montezuma Funeral Home.
Chief Justice Maraga has described the late Michieka as a
“devoted judicial officer”.
“Hon. Michieka was a devoted judicial officer who rendered
his services to the people of Kenya with exceptional diligence and dedication.
Just last month, he was interviewed for promotion and had been awaiting the
results of the exercise,” said the CJ in a press statement.
“On behalf of the Judiciary, the Judicial Service Commission
and on my own behalf, I wish to express our heartfelt condolences to the
family, friends and the entire legal fraternity for this shocking loss,” he
The Kenya Magistrates and Judges Association (KMJA) Secretary-General
Derrick Kuto eulogised the late Michieka as an “irreplaceable [legal] pillar”.
“We have lost a brother, a friend and a diligent colleague.
He is an irreplaceable pillar. I wish to convey our condolences to the family
and friends,” said Kuto in a statement Wednesday.