Five things to know about detained Deputy CJ Philomena Mwilu
Deputy chief justice Philomena Mwilu was on Tuesday arrested at Supreme Court in Nairobi over alleged corruption.
A lot has been said about Lady Justice Mwilu and here are five things to know about her:
1. She was first accused of corruption during her vetting
Lady Justice Mwilu was accused by Kandara MP Alice Wahome of corruption during vetting and to her defence, explained that the MP was mudslinging her after losing an election petition.
2. She was mentioned in misconduct claims during 2017 presidential petition
Mwilu was among three judges who were accused of misconduct during the 2017 presidential petition. She exposed the intimidation and threats Supreme Court judges went through before the nullification of the presidential election.
3. She supports polygamy
Lady Justice Mwilu is Busia Senator Amos Wako’s second wife and during vetting, when asked if she supported polygamy, she said there was no problem as long as there was peace in the family. The couple met 21 years ago when Wako was the Attorney General and reportedly had a customary ceremony.
4. She stammers
Lady Justice Mwilu once told a women’s conference that she was not eloquent. She said she struggles to communicate having instances of stammering but she strives to have the best content.
5. She had a difficult childhood
Mwilu had a challenging childhood after losing her father early in life, something she says caused her some imbalance. She failed in her class seven exams as a result of that but picked herself up to grow to the level of becoming Kenya’s deputy chief justice.