It is with great sadness that the Judiciary announces the sudden death of Hon Justice Joseph Louis Omondi Onguto, who was serving as a Judge of the High Court of Kenya in the Commercial Division.
Justice Onguto was appointed a High Court Judge on July 1, 2014. He brought into the Judiciary extensive experience as a legal practitioner and lecturer at the Kenya School of Law. He served in the Environment and Land Court Division until 2015 when he was transferred to the Constitutional and Human Rights Division.
In January 2017, he was moved to the Commercial Division of the High Court where he diligently served until his untimely death on March 1, 2018. He also served as a visiting Judge at Machakos High Court.
Justice Onguto had a brilliant legal mind which he used to serve the people of Kenya with distinction and commitment. He served with humility and was courteous to all who appeared before him. In addition to his Judicial duties, he was a leader among his peers as he founded and led the Judges Welfare Committee.
He was pleasant and well-liked by Judges, Magistrates and all staff. His sudden death is a loss not only to his immediate family but to the Judiciary Family and the country as a whole.
On behalf of the Judicial Service Commission, the entire Judiciary and on my own behalf, I send our deepest condolences to his wife Consolata, his children, the Judiciary family, and the Kenyan people whom he served with dedication.
May God grant the Judge’s family the fortitude to go through this difficult time.
Hon. Justice David K. Maraga, EGH Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court.