I remember the afternoon, a year and four months ago, when working at Kitale Chief
Magistrate’s Court when the then acting Chief Magistrate Mrs. Wilbrodah Juma handed me
the blue envelope with my names on it. A thousand thoughts rushed through my mind, for
you just never know the contents of these blue envelopes. I hurriedly took out the letter
and as I read through it, I was overcome with joy to learn that I had been transferred to
Githunguri Law Courts to take charge. To me this was an answered prayer, for all along I
had deserved to work anywhere near Nairobi where my family was.
It therefore came as a shocker two weeks thereafter to receive another blue envelope, only
this time redirecting my transfer to Ogembo Law Courts as the in-charge. The change of
events actually did depress me for a while. I recall in the midst of it all asking God to give
me grace sufficient to see me through the re-direction and being instantly reminded that I
had to take it in my stride as it was a new challenge; a new learning experience.
On 7th July 2008 I took over at Ogembo Law Courts, with no idea or clue of what was
expected of me. Here I was with about six years experience of being allocated work and
dealing with the same; now, I had to wear a hat of administrator, an accountant, a human
resource person, a procurement officer etc all in one. I had to learn to wade and swim
through unfamiliar matters, whether I sunk or stayed afloat was all in my control. Many are
the times I found myself in situations I could make no head or tail of. For instance, when I
had to procure for the extension of the court using a CDF allocation. But I am ever so
grateful to the then Chief Magistrate Mr. Charles Mbogo whose door was always open to me
whenever I needed to consult. I managed to pull through. Times were and are many when
one has to tackle staff problems and you have got to do so with a lot of wisdom and nobody
tells you how to do it.
Recently I did attend a heads-of-station training at the Judiciary Training Institute and oh
my, wasn’t it an eye opener. I couldn’t help but wonder why I had not been taken through
the same beforehand so as to avoid wishing I was told.
A word of advice to my younger brothers and sisters yet to take charge of a station; make
maximum use of those in charge of your stations. Learn as much as you can when you can,
for you never know when that blue envelope will land on your table, nobody ever prepares
you, and it is all upon you, lest you wish you were told. To my counterpart, remember God
is in control. He can never take you where his grace is not sufficient to sustain me. His
grace will see us through!
By L.M. Nafula