Special Court tribute proceedings in Honour of Hon. Justice Joseph Louis Omondi Oguto

1st March 2018 has earned an emotive page in the history books of the Kenyan Judiciary. The third arm of the Government had lost one of its most gallant soldiers in Judiciary echelons; a High Court Judge.  The Honorable Justice Joseph Louis Onguto was an adept legal mind who carried the sagacious head on his shoulder with humility. Nibble-witted, Justice Onguto served the Nation with unparalleled commitment making him one of the notable personalities within the precincts of Law.    

Judges Welfare Committee

A man of Firsts, the late Honorable Justice Joseph Louis Onguto is credited for the brain behind the Judges Welfare Committee. He had an aura of bonhomie that endeared Judges, Magistrates and all staff to him. It was because of this admirable personality and selfless service to the nation that the High Court sitting at Milimani Law Courts celebrated the life of one of their most beloved departed colleague with a special court tribute proceeding.

CJ David Maraga visited Onguto’s family

Led by Chief Justice David Maraga, legal minds paid moving tributes and celebrated a life well lived. Hon. David Maraga had earlier; (13th March 2018) visited the Hon Justice Onguto’s family at their Nairobi home. The tributes included exhilarating spiels of some of the cases handled by their late colleague.

Permanent Court Records

Hon Onguto’s demise went down as the first time a Judge passed while still in office and the special court session ceremony was officially adopted within the court system.  Scholars and High Court Judges celebrated the late as a humble and dedicated legal mind who was devoted to the service of the nation. Orders were given to make the proceedings permanent records of the court.

Judges present included:

Presiding Judge, Constitution and Human Rights Division Hon Justice Chacha Mwita, Presiding Judge ELC Hon Mr. Samson Okong'o, Principal Judge, ELRC-Rep Hon Lady Justice H. Wasilwa, Presiding Judge Judicial Review, Hon. Justice George Odunga, Presiding Judge, Anti-Corruption & Economic Crimes Hon. Lady Justice H. Ong'udi, Presiding Judge of Family Division Hon. Justice Aggrey. O. Mucheluleh, Presiding Judge Criminal Division Hon Lady Justice J Lesiit and Presiding judge Civil Division Hon. Mr. Justice Mbongoli Msagha.

Lawyers present included

Lawyers and other scholars present included, Charles Kanjama Chair LSK, Nairobi Branch, Ezekiel Wanjama LSK, Council Representative, Ms. Dorothy Jemator, LSk Council Representative, Mr. Wilfred Ndiritu, senior Counsels, Legal Class of 1988, Hon Githu Muigai, EGH-Outgoing Attorney General and a host of legal minds. Also present was a young lawyer Harry Stephen Arunda who works at Harry & Associates Advocates

Hon Justice Joseph Louis Onguto’s Family were represented too..

The family of the late Justice Onguto was represented in the court by the widow Consolata Adhiambo Onguto, his eldest son Mr. Richard Onguto, and sisters in law.

Requiem Mass and Burial Service

Hon Justice Joseph Louis Onguto's requiem mass will be held on Thursday 22nd March 2018 at the Consolata Shrines, Nairobi. The body will then be taken to Yala on Friday 23rd March 2018 for an overnight vigil and finally laid to rest at his ancestral home 24th March 2018 in Gem Yala, Siaya County starting at 9am.

Digital Condolence book, pay tribute channel and digital candle lighting session is on.

The Funeral Committee headed by chairman Eng. Peter Wanday has set up digital Condolence book, pay tribute channel and digital candle lighting platform. To sign this digital condolence book, pay tribute and light candle kindly click this link 


Live-Streaming of the Requiem Mass.

ACTT Digital Media will broadcast live the funeral service of Hon Justice Joseph Luis Onguto. We have planned on an elaborate coverage of the funeral service that will take place at the Consolata Shrines Westlands on 22nd March 2018 starting 10am.

CEO ACTT Digital Media Michael Olweny has affirmed that they are working close with the funeral committee to ensure there is proper online coverage as friends, family, colleagues and the Nation pays final respect of the Judge.

It is believed that Hon Justice Onguto had an extensive international link. Some of his family and friends live in different parts of Kenya and the world. All will be able to watch via their internet enable phones and computers.