Justice Philip Waki – Biography, Judge, Age, Education, Career, Parents, Family, wife, children, wealth

Justice Philip Waki – Biography, Judge, Age, Education, Career, Parents, Family, wife, children, wealth

Philip Waki biography

Justice Philip Waki full name is Philip Nyamu Waki. He was born at Yathui village, Mwala Division, Machakos County in 1949.

He is also the cousin to Lawyer Mutula Kilonzo the personal lawyer to Kenya’s Second President Daniel Arap Moi.

Philip Waki Education

Justice Philip Waki qualified from the University of Nairobi with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) Degree in 1974.

He was admitted to the Roll of Advocates in Kenya in 1975 after professional training at the Kenya School of Law.


Philip Waki Career

For twenty years after he was admitted to the Roll of Advocates in Kenya in 1975, he was in private practice in all Kenyan Courts until he joined public service upon appointment by the President of Kenya, on the recommendation of the Judicial Service Commission, as a Judge of the High Court in October 1995.

After eight years, in June 2003, he was promoted to the Court of Appeal which was the highest court in Kenya until the Supreme Court was created under the Kenya Constitution, 2010.

Justice Philip Waki is currently serving as the Presiding Judge of the Court of Appeal in Nyeri.

In January, 2012, through a competitive process, he was appointed by the United Nations Secretary General and the President of Sierra Leone, to serve at the level of Undersecretary General of the United Nations as an Alternate Judge of the Appeals Chamber in the UN Special Court for Sierra Leone, sitting in The Hague, Netherlands.

After closure of the court in December 2013, Justice Waki was appointed by the UN Secretary General to serve as a Judge of the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone and was elected by the plenary of Judges of that court as President of the court.

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Justice Waki was, in May 2008, appointed by the National Dialogue and Reconciliation Team and the President of Kenya, to chair an international Commission of Inquiry into Kenya’s post election violence, often referred to as the WAKI COMMISSION.

In October 2008 he submitted a comprehensive report to President Kibaki and Dr. Kofi Annan, the head of the Panel of Eminent African Personalities who mediated the conflict.

The report, which was adopted by Parliament, was a key foundation of Kenya’s reform process leading to a new Constitutional dispensation.

Fortunately or unfortunately all the individuals mentioned in his report were acquitted by the ICC.

Justice Philip Waki Age for Supreme Court career

Having been born in 1949, by 2016 Justice Philip Waki will be 67 years old. The mandatory retirement age for judges and magistrates in Kenya is 70 years, so we will wait and see if he will be interested in the vacant seat of Supreme Court Chief justice after Chief Justice Willy Mutunga opts for early retirement on 20th June, 2016.

Philip Waki wife

He was married for 34 years to one wife who passed on through breast cancer in April 2013.

Philip Waki children

He has three sons, one daughter, two daughters–in-law and two grandsons. He has also brought up three orphans past university levels to gainful employment.

Philip Waki professional membership

In his career, Justice Philip Waki has been an active member of

  1. The Law Society of Kenya (LSK),
  2. The Kenya Magistrates & Judges Association (KMJA),
  3. The East African Magistrates & Judges Association (EAMJA)
  4. The Commonwealth Magistrates & Judges Association (CMJA)
  5. The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
  6. He is currently a member of the Rules Committee and the Expeditious Disposal of Cases Committee, both Committees of the Judiciary spearheading major procedural and systemic reforms in the Judiciary for effective and efficient delivery of justice.
  7. He is also the Chairman of the Technical Coordination Committee of the national initiative addressing reforms in the key sectors of Governance, Justice, Law and Order (GJLOS).

Philip Waki parents, Family

Justice Philip Waki’s father is retired senior chief Wilson Nyamu Waki. His mother is Mrs. Naomi Waki.

Philip Waki Business, salary, wealth, investments

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