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‘Served with utmost dedication, distinction’ – DPP Igonga pays emotional tribute to departed High Court Judge David Majanja

Director of Public Prosecutions Renson Igonga has mourned the departed High Court Judge David Majanja as one who served the country with the utmost dedication and distinction.

Majanja’s death, which occurred on Thursday, July 10, 2024, was confirmed by Chief Justice Martha Koome.

Joining high-profile individuals mourning Majanja, Igonga said the judge was an outstanding jurist and left a rich jurisprudence.

“I am extremely saddened by the news of the death of Justice David Shikomera Majanja.

“Majanja was an outstanding judge, jurist, and commissioner in the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) who served with the utmost dedication and distinction.

“We shall miss him. I hope our departed brother will be immortalized in our memories through the rich jurisprudence that he leaves behind.

“On my own behalf and for the entire Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP), I convey my sincere condolences to his family, friends, the judiciary, and the entire legal fraternity.

“May his soul rest in eternal peace,” Igonga’s statement, shared on ODPP‘s social media page on Thursday, July 11, said.

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Meanwhile, Koome, while announcing the judge’s death, said the judiciary stood in solidarity with Majanja’s family, friends, and JSC community during the time of mourning.

“The Judiciary and JSC families call for sensitivity and compassion as we come to terms with this sudden loss and share in grief with one another and with the people of Kenya,” reads part of Koome’s statement.

Famous city lawyer Donald Kipkorir said Majanja was one of the finest jurists the country has ever produced.

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“High Court Judge Justice David Majanja was one of the finest jurists Kenya has had. Between Justice Madan and him, there are few others of similar legal erudition.

“He had a brilliant mind. Original in his thinking. He broke many grounds in constitutional law,” Kipkorir said in a social media post on July 10, 2024.

The lawyer cited two cases that he argued before the judge and said appearing before the justice was always exciting for him.

“In one case that I represented IEBC, Basic Criticos wanted to run for the parliamentary seat before his ten years as a Kenyan citizen were over; Majanja dismissed Criticos petition and defined what citizenship was and who qualifies for elective office.

“In another, I acted in, he set out who qualifies to enjoy the right to information. Appearing before Justice Majanja was intellectually exciting. Kenya has lost one of its finest sons,” Kipkorir added.

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