Chief Justice David Maraga has mourned the departed Mombasa Magistrate Elvis Michieka as a devoted judicial officer who rendered his services to Kenyans with diligence and dedication. 

In a statement, Maraga said he is deeply saddened by the death of Michieka who was serving as a Principal Magistrate at the Mombasa law courts. 

Micheka died Tuesday morning at the Karen Hospital in Nairobi where he had been undergoing treatment over the last two weeks.His body has been transferred to Montezuma Funeral Home.

Local media have quoted a source who revealed that Michieka was rushed to hospital two weeks ago after developing breathing problems and diagnosed with COVID-19 upon examination.

“Just last month, he was interviewed for promotion and had been awaiting the results of the exercise.  But on behalf of the Judiciary, the Judicial Service Commission and on my own behalf, I wish to express our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and the entire legal fraternity for this shocking loss,” said Maraga. 

At the same time, Kenya Magistrate and Judges Association Secretary General Derrick Kuto said they are also deeply saddened by the death of Micheka. 

Kuto described Micheka as a hardworking, diligent and polite person. 

“He was a friend to many. KMJA has lost a strong pillar. May his soul rest in peace,” he said