Justice Juma Chitembwe’s Biography, Background, Education and Career

Justice Said Juma Chitembwe is a Kenyan High Court judge. He is a well-known judge who unsuccessfully contested the Chief Justice position which fell vacant following the retirement of Justice David Maraga. The position went to Justice Martha Koome, becoming the first female to be at the helm of the judiciary.

Background and Education

He was born in Kwale in 1967. He pursued a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at the University of Nairobi graduating in 1990 before joining the Kenya School of Law the following year. He then went to the United Kingdom for a Masters’s degree in Human rights at the University of Wessex. Currently, he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Peace and Conflict Studies at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology.


Soon after graduating, he began working in the legal field. In 1994, he founded his firm, Said Chitembwe & Co Advocates, in Mombasa.

In 2009, he was absorbed in the judiciary. In his time at the judiciary, he has worked in High Courts across the country including Kakamega, Marsabit, Malindi and, Migori.

PrioBeforeng appointed a High Court judge, he worked as a secrtary at the National Social Security fund), a position he held from 2003 to 2009.

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