Kitui High Court Judge Lilian Mutende was on Monday rushed to hospital after she was injured in a road crash while being driven to work.
Justice Mutende sustained head and chest injuries in the afternoon accident after her official car, a Volkswagen Passat, which was travelling from Nairobi, rammed into an oncoming matatu belonging to Mbikisa Sacco.
The accident happened at Kaveta on the outskirts of Kitui town, only two kilometres to her destination – the Kitui Law Courts.
The matatu, whose passengers sustained slight injuries, was heading to Thika.
According to Kitui County Police Commander Johana Tonui, Justice Mutende’s driver lost control of the vehicle and swerved into the opposite lane, leading to the head-on collision with the matatu.
“It was drizzling at the time and we’ve launched investigations to determine what exactly happened. The Judge’s car has been towed to Kitui Police Station,” said Mr Tonui.
The judge, who appeared to be in pain, was rushed to Kitui County Referral Hospital where she was given first-aid before being transferred to The Nairobi Hospital.
Justice Mutende has served in Kitui for more than five years.