Acting Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu has issued a warning to judicial officers delaying justice saying they risk losing their jobs.
Mwilu said that judiciary officers should discharge their work effectively and facilitate access to justice without being influenced from any quarter.
She made the remarks after opening a High Court Sub-Registry and Environment and Land Court Sub-Registry at Kilgoris Law Courts.
Mwilu said there are a lot of complaints against some judicial officers saying action shall be taken against those found guilty of corruption.
“Staff working in Registries must facilitate and not impede wananchi’s access to justice” she said.
Mwilu further expressed concern on the number of young girls in the County who have failed to report back to school because of pregnancies.
“It breaks my heart when I hear 39 girls in one school in Narok did not report back to school this January. I urge the community to leave girls alone to be children. Don’t make them mothers before their time. When you ruin a young girl’s life, you ruin a whole society” she said.
Narok Governor Samuel Ole Tunai called on the CJ to post more judicial officers to the County to deal with pending cases especially those touching on early pregnancies and early child marriages,
“Today marks a great milestone. It brings to an end the long journeys wananchi have been travelling to Narok which is 200km away to pursue justice. The High Court and ELC Sub-Registries have been brought to Kilgoris. The widows, the poor, can now access justice” he said.
Kilgoris MP Gideon Konchella urged the judiciary to deal with case back log saying the continued delay in issuing judgments amounts to delay in justice.
Narok Woman Rep Soipan Tuiya said defilement and rape cases among the underage girls should be given priority and the culprits jailed for life.
Four “hustlers”, who allegedly hurled stones at the United Democratic Party (UDA) offices in Nairobi demanding wheelbarrows and Sh2,000 handouts for attending Deputy President William Ruto’s rally were on Thursday charged with creating disturbance.
Erick Arimba, Dennis Nzeki, Simon Kamau and Steve Gumbo are accused of creating a disturbance in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace by throwing stones and pushing the gate of the UDA offices.
The four were charged before senior principal magistrate Charles Mwaniki at the Kibera law courts where they denied the charges.
Arimba, Nzeki, Kamau and Gumbo are accused of committing the offence on January 14 at the UDA offices party in Lavington area in Dagoretti sub-county.
Through their lawyer Holly Edward, the foursome requested the court for lenient bond terms on grounds that they are mere “hustlers” who do not pose a flight risk.
They were released on a Sh10,000 cash bail or an alternative bond of Sh150,000.
The case will be mentioned on February 9.
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