Kenyan Judge Dies After Courtroom Shooting

A Kenyan magistrate, who was shot by a senior police officer earlier this week, has died, according to the country’s Chief Justice.

Makadara Principal Magistrate Monica Kivuti was shot by a policeman at a court in Nairobi on Thursday after she cancelled his wife’s bail because the woman had absconded, the BBC reports. The policeman, identified as Samson Kipchirchir Kipruto, was subsequently shot dead by other officers.

Magistrate Monica Kivuti

According to Tuko, Magistrate Kivuti had revoked the bond of Kipruto’s wife, Jennifer Waurimu, who had been charged with illegally obtaining KSh 2.9 million and failing to appear in court.On Saturday, Justice Martha K. Koome, President of the Supreme Court of Kenya, wrote on X (formerly Twitter) that Magistrate Kivuti had “lost the fight” against her “extensive injuries.” She stated, “It is with a heavy heart that I inform the nation that Hon. Monica Kivuti, Principal Magistrate, Makadara Law Courts, has lost the fight against the extensive injuries sustained during an open gun attack in Court.” She added, “The Judiciary family stands in solidarity during this deeply traumatic time and calls for sensitivity and compassion as we share in grief.”

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A source at Nairobi Hospital told The Star newspaper that Ms. Kivuti sustained gunshot wounds to her chest and leg. Following the shooting, the Chief Justice announced the closure of the Makadara courts until Monday, June 17, 2024, “for security purposes.” The judiciary also pledged to strengthen security measures to safeguard judicial staff and court attendees.

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