Home Court News KMJA  raises concerns over the rising cases of insecurity facing its members.

KMJA  raises concerns over the rising cases of insecurity facing its members.

by Robert Guyana

Kenya Magistrates and Judges Association(KMJA) members now wants to have their security enhanced following the demise of a clerk of Migori High Court.

Led by their President Derrick Kuto, the group wants President Ruto to intervene in this matter after the case of Ms Phoebe Auma who until her death was stationed at Migori Law Courts.

According to the reports Ms Auma was shot dead by an unknown gunman while being carried on a motorcycle.

“It is for this reason that KMJA calls upon the relevant agencies to treat this matter as an emergency and address the dire security situation of our members, “added Kuto.

The Union has at the same time conveyed their sincere condolences to the family of their departed sister.

Kuto says that the tragic incident comes at the time when the security situation for Hon Judges, Magistrates, Kadhis and Judicial staff is alarmingly bad. He added that the work that their members do exposes them to a lot of risks.

“The incident is just the tip of an Iceberg. As an Institution, we have been hit severely by such incidents which have led to loss of lives to officers, their friends and close family members. Many have survived only by the grace of God; some have even resigned for fear of their lives,” added Kuto.

Kuto while addressing the Press said that these incidents have been reported to the Association countless number of times and they have discussed with the relevant authorities including DCI but despite this the situation continues to escalate.

Phoebe Auma, 50, was being ferried to the court by the rider when they were attacked, witnesses and police said.

The incident happened Friday morning and it seems the gunman knew about the woman’s movements.

 Police believe she was targeted probably because of her work.

The gunman was wearing a facemask at the time of the attack.

According to witnesses, the gunman accosted Auma and her rider when they slowed down from Gogo village to join the busy Kisii-Migori highway.

The gunman was riding a motorbike with a concealed number plate at the time of the incident.

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