The young Eldoret Resident Magistrate Wikunza Milimu, who has become a regular feature in the gossip columns of magazines, and has of late been spending more time on the other side of the courtroom, in the Witness Stand, instead of the Judge’s bench, caused a stir following her latest court appearance which took place during a defamation case filed at the Kakamega Law Courts.
Milimu arrived in the company of her colleague at the Eldoret Law Courts, Senior Resident Magistrate Christine Menya who she produced to testify about her (Milimu’s) “good” character.
Milimu who arrived sporting a sleeveless floral dress raised eyebrows when she took to the stand, clearly exposing a tattoo drawn on her right arm. While this is not necessarily illegal or wrong, it’s quite unexpected of Judges or Judicial practitioners.
Milimu enjoined her spouse, Edwin Wawire Wafula, in the defamation case filed at the Kakamega Law Courts.
The said-defamatory story was published on October 11, 2019.
“My husband supplied The Star Newspaper with my photos and incited them to write a screaming story about myself. I have been hurt as a public official, and I believe the story wouldn’t have been published had my husband not influenced its publication,” said Milimu on Thursday, August 12.
Milimu and Wawire, who is a lawyer, are in court over a marital row, in which Milimu is seeking to have her relationship with Wawire recognised as a legitimate marriage.
Wawire, on the other hand, alleges he was never married to the magistrate, whom he met in 2012, when she was a Second-Year student at Moi University.
Wawire’s lawyer, Derrick Mango, asked Milimu to produce evidence showing how his client influenced publication of the story on The Star Newspaper.
Milimu sued The Star and her husband for unspecified damages for reputational harm as a result of the October 11, 2019 story.
She further wants the newspaper prohibited from publishing subsequent “defamatory” stories about her, and also pull down the online version of the October 2019 story.
The case will be mentioned on September 27 when the court will give directions on when the hearing will continue, Kakamega Principal Magistrate Joseph Ndururi directed.
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