Philomena Mbete Mwilu Biography
Philomena Mbete Mwilu is the deputy chief justice of Kenya Supreme court. Justice Philomena Mwilu is a Court of Appeal judge. She has served in the Judiciary for 32 years. She has also served in the Commercial Division in Nairobi, at the Eldoret High Court and the Civil Appeals sub-division of the High Court, the murder section of the Criminal Division and later headed the Environment and Land Division of the High Court.
Philomena Mbete Mwilu Education Background
She graduated from the University of Nairobi and was admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya in 1984.
Philomena Mbete Mwilu Career
From 1984 to 1991, she began her judicial career by practising law in the firm of Muthoga Gaturu & Company and later went to Mutunga & Company Advocates.
June 1991 – April 1997: Senior Legal manager at at Jubilee Insurance Company Ltd as a senior legal manager.
1999 and 2001: Board secretary at the Electricity Regulatory board
2006 – 2007: The deputy chairperson of the Energy Tribunal.
2007: Director of the Board of Nairobi Water and Sewerage company and later as chair of the Legal and Human Resource Committees of the Board before she joined the Judiciary
She first served in the Commercial Division in Nairobi and later transferred to the High Court in Eldoret.
She was later transferred to Nairobi where she served at the Criminal Division and later headed the Environment and Land Division of the High Court, between February and December 2011.
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In January 2012, she was appointed the head of the Environment and Land Division of the High Court and in November of the same year, she was elevated to the Court of Appeal
Philomena Mbete Mwilu Nomination as the deputy chief justice
During an interview by the JSC, she said she supported polygamy “as long as there is peace in the family”.
Justice Mwilu also said that if appointed she would ask to head the anti-corruption docket, saying she was best suited to fight the vice.
“I will set systems in place, strengthen them and also set others to prevent corruption,” she said.
At the same time, she asked the JSC to increase the number of women in the Supreme Court to three.
Lady Justice Philomena Mwilu beat 15 other candidates to emerge victorious in the search for Kenya’s next DCJ to replace Kalpana Rawal who retired upon attaining the constitutional age of 70 years.