Martha Koome biography: age, education, career, family

CJ Martha Koome succeeded David Maraga to become the first female Chief Justice in Kenya. She is a veteran human rights defender who has risen from junior to the senior most rank in the Judiciary. Just like her predecessor, Martha Koome is know n for integrity and a strong grasp of the Kenyan constitution at her fingertips.

Real name: Martha Karambu Koome
Date of birth: June 3, 1960
Age: 62 years
Birth Sign: Gemini
Home: Kithiu Village
County: Meru
Ethnicity: Meru tribe
Nationality: Kenyan
Husband: Koome Kiragu
Children: 3

She was born  on June 3rd, 1960,; therefore, Martha Karambu Koome age is 62 years as of 2022. She is of the Gemini star sign. Growing up in a poverty-stricken home. Thus, she worked harder in school knowing it was the only way of escaping extreme financial and social challenges. Martha Koome tribe is Meru, meaning she is of a Kenyan national Martha Koome. She can speak at least 3 languages among them English, Swahili, and Ameru.

Martha Koome education background

Martha Koome attended Mugoiri Girls High School for her secondary education. She graduated from the University of Nairobi with a Bachelor of Law degree in 1986. She the proceeded to the Kenya School of Law (KSL) for a Postgraduate Diploma in Law. Martha Koome graduated from the University of London with a Masters’ Degree qualification in Public International Law in 2010.

CJ Martha Koome family tree and history

Chief Justice Koome originates in Kithiu Village within Meru County. Reports say that her father and mother were peasant farmers.

Coming from a polygamous family of 2 wives and 18 children stamped Koome’s childhood with a scarcity of food and clothing.

As a young girl, she looked up to her elder sister called Rosemary Kathure, Dr Jenifer Riria, and Prof Leah Marangu as role models.

Martha Koome husband photos

CJ Martha Koome is happily married to her childhood sweetheart Dr Koome Kiragu. The little-known lover is a senior humanitarian worker in collaboration with worldwide organisations.

Mr Koome Kiragu and his wife Martha Karambu walked down the aisle at a young age. Photos of their colourful wedding are still private.

Who is Koome Kiragu? Martha Koome is an executive member of the United States based Habitat for Humanity.

Apart from being the only African member in the organization, he is the board’s governing executive effective 2017.

Martha Koome children – sons and daughters

CJ Martha Koome and her husband Kiragu are blessed with three children among them 2 sons and a beautiful daughter.

The three siblings now in their senior years are rocking different career paths.

Justice Martha Koome career & CV

Martha Koome brags a working experience spanning 35 years. She has been interacting with the law since graduating from the Kenya School of Law in 1987.

In 1993, she established Martha Koome & Co Advocates, serving as a Managing Director until 2003. The practice saw her becoming a trusted human rights defender.

The female justice rose to the Federation of Kenya Women Lawyers with a zeal for eradicating gender discrimination laws.

Serving as a council member in the Law Society of Kenya between 1993 and 1996 welcomed more opportunities despite the odds of working under President Daniel Arap Moi.

In 2003, Mwai Kibaki appointed Martha Koome as a judge in the High Court of Kenya – she served until 2011.

On April 27, 2021, Mrs Koome succeeded the retired CJ David Maraga as a judiciary boss upon confirmation by his excellence President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Martha Koome net worth and salary

SRC records show that CJ Martha Koome salary is Ksh. 990,000 inclusive of six-figure allowances.

She banks some more from loyalties and returns from private investments. Some sources estimate the empire of Martha Koome’s wealth at Ksh. 100 million.

Elsewhere, Martha has not publicly listed all her properties, houses, homes, and fuel guzzler cars.

CJ Martha Karambu Koome contacts

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