Roselyn Naliaka Nambuye

Dr. (Hon.Causa) Lady Justice Roselyn Naliaka Nambuye was born on the 21/5/1952 as a second born daughter to a peasant polygamous family of the late Lameka Kwoma (her father) and Jenepher (her mother). She was married to one husband, the late retired Hon. Mr. Justice D.K.S. Aganyanya with no natural children between them.

As a second born daughter of the home, she assumed, the role of a major provider for basic necessities for the family, extended family and community at large majorly, educational and economic empowerment. Through this programme close to 250 girls and boys have been empowered and are now leading dignified lives and raising their families. Effective 1st of January 2020, she became the first senior most woman judge in the court of appeal since its inception.

She holds a Doctor of Laws (LL.D) Honours. (Causa) degree from the Commonwealth University of Belize through London Graduate School awarded to her on 14th December, 2017 at Arabian Court Yard Hotel Dubai United Emirates. On the same date of the 14th day of December, 2017 she was also awarded a Masters class certificate in Business Management and Leadership. She also holds an M.A.I.C.M –Masters in International Conflict Management from the –University of Nairobi- 2009 to 2011. Dissertation Topic was (THE ICC PROCESS: KENYA); an L.L.M in Public International Law from Nairobi University, 2004-2006- Dissertation paper was on: The African court of human and people’s rights: a land mark on slippery grounds. The Dissertation was well commended and graded “A”. A Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law July 1976 – August 1977; an LLB Hons (Upper Second Class Honors) from the University of Nairobi – July 1973 – July 1976. The only woman in the upper second class Honours for the graduating class of that year, and the second woman to get an upper second class since the inception of the Faculty of Law at the University of Nairobi. 3 Principles and 1 subsidiary, in her A level Exams at Butere Girls High School in 1971-1972 being the 2nd best overall student for the school in that year. Division 1 with 18 Points in her O level Exams at Butere Girls High School in 1967-1970 being the best overall student at O Levels for the school in that year.

Since appointment to Judgeship, she efficiently and effectively headed various High Court Stations to which she was deployed. She was among a group of 4 eminent women Judges elevated to the Court of Appeal of Kenya as the 3rd Women Judges to the Court of Appeal since inception, effective 10-01-2012 and is still serving in the same capacity to date. She was the third Kenyan woman Puisine Judge, elevated to the High Court bench effective 21st August , 1991 to 10th January,2012; the 2nd Kenyan Woman Chief Magistrate effective January 1991 to August 1991; the first Kenyan Woman Principal Magistrate effective - 1st December 1988 – 31st December 1990. Throughout her judicial career she has rendered numerous judgements of jurisprudential moment widely cited throughout the commonwealth.

She is a strong supporter of the family unit and for this reason she has through own financial resources supported the formalization of family units for willing couples in the fight against the culture of stolen wives. This belief is also reflected in the numerous judgements especially in family succession disputes where she goes out of her way to protect the inheritance rights for women and their children against cultural norms which discriminates women and the girl child from enjoying equal proprietary rights of family estates. She is also strong believer in self-discipline and supervision in all aspects of life.

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