Justice Joseph Louis Ongutu has died.
The High Court judge collapsed at the Parklands Sports Club gymnasium on Thursday evening before being rushed to MP Shah where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Confirming the commercial division judge’s passing was Kenya Judges and Magistrates Association Secretary General Derrick Kuto. He said that the deceased passed on after a gym session at the club.
Justice Ongutu will be remembered for having ruled that the state had erred by issuing title deeds without consulting the National Lands Commission.
The deceased was also handling the Kenya Power inflated bills case before his untimely death.
He was in 2014 among the 11 lawyers nominated to the Judicial Service commission (JSC) but did not make the cut.
He was eulogized as a stand up man and a ‘superb teacher of the law and a great professional.’
Here are some of the messages of condolences:
We all die the day we are born; life is just but a journey towards the end of the dying, the finality of the living: to be heard and to be seen no more, to be remembered or forgotten only. The end. Good bye Justice Louis Onguto.
— Nelson Havi (@NelsonHavi) March 1, 2018
Last night we lost a brilliant judge who went to be with the Lord. Rest in Peace Justice Onguto. The legal fraternity is in shock. Let us remember his family in our prayers.
— Allen Waiyaki Gichuhi (@LSKPresident) March 2, 2018
Honourable Justice Onguto was the very best. Everyone who's been in his class or courtroom speaks glowingly of him. Rest well, your Lordship.
— Dedan (@Kimathi__) March 2, 2018
Do you have a story you want told? Do you know of a sensitive story you would like us to get our hands on? Email your news TIPS to email@example.com