Everything You Need Know About Njoki Ndung’u

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Supreme Court Judge Njoki Ndung’u is loved and loathed in almost equal measure for strongly disagreeing with majority of her colleagues who voided President Uhuru Kenyatta win.

We take a look at her illustrious career as a politician and a judge.

Njoki, 52, has a law degree from the University if Nairobi and a Masters of Law in Human Rights and Civil Liberties from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom.

She had a stint in active politics following her nomination as MP during the reign of former President Mwai Kibaki.

Njoki sued the late controversial businessman Jacob Juma for alleging that she, and Justice Philip Tunoi, received a bribe of Sh200 million from ex-Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero to rule in his favor in an election petition filed by current Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu.

During her stint as a nominated MP, Njoki successfully pushed for the amendment of Employment Act to guarantee women a compulsory three-month paid maternity leave. She went on to be awarded the EBS, United Nations Person of the Year Award in 2006 for gender activism.

She introduced the Sexual Offences Bill, 2006, which would see sex offenders chemically castrated.
Njoki was nominated and later appointed Supreme Court Judge in June 2012.

She was among the seven Supreme Court judges who ruled in favor of Uhuru Kenyatta in the 2013 petition filed by Raila Odinga.

Njoki has been accused of having a close relationship with Jubilee powerbrokers. According to a post appearing on Cyprian Nyakundi blog, Njoki was receiving bribes from Jubilee Party vice chairman David Murathe. His blog read in part:

David Murathe, Jubilee Party Vice Chairman and errand boy to Muhoho Kenyatta, was said to have been delivering bribes to the judge, in a bid to purchase a dissenting opinion in the forthcoming petition lodged by the National Super Alliance (NASA).

Njoki was one of the two judges who dissented with the ruling that saw Uhuru Kenyatta win annulled.
Additional reporting: the Star

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