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 added.
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.