Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24 Kenya. The stories here come from users.

Latest Badges:

View all KISIKA SAMUEL's badges.

Judiciary urges dialogue in resolving County govt disputes

01 December 2014, 10:47 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The Judiciary has hit back at Senate which has been condemning it for undermining its constitutional responsibility in attempting to resolve counties’ leadership challenges.

The Senate has been condemning the Judiciary for issuing rulings barring governors to appear before it for accountability and reinstating impeached County bosses after the Senate’s approval of their impeachment.

Chief Justice (CJ) Willy Mutunga has said Judiciary supports devolution of power and resources as a constitutional duty to give voice and meaning to the principles outlined in Article 10 but not as an act of political posturing.

“Though devolution is a broad concept in Kenya, the County governments are its most visible emblem and representation and we welcome their representatives to dialogue,” said Mutunga.

He stated that the Constitution commands his institution to do justice to all without delay and regardless of social status.

Read Also: Judiciary to form a special court to tackle international crimes

Mutunga insisted that access to justice is a right for all people, and hence the main reason why the Judicial Service Act requires the establishment of a High Court in every County and a magistrate’s court in every district.

“We in the Judiciary promote dialogue with all stakeholders not with the intention of breaking any law, but rather with the purpose of entrenching the Constitution and realizing its benefits for Kenyans in the shortest time possible,” said Mutunga.

To demonstrate the Judiciary’s commitment to constructive engagements the County governments, the CJ revealed that his institution jointly trained legal officers and County attorneys for the Council of Governors (CoG) on devolution a month ago.

However, Mutunga raised concern over minimal budgetary allocation to the Judiciary saying it does not march the ever-growing demand for judicial services.

“We are grateful that most counties have made generous offers of land and the construction of infrastructure to enable the Judiciary to meet its constitutional and legal obligations to ensure access to justice,” the CJ said.

Read Also: MP accuses Judiciary of slowing down development

He advised legal officers in County courts experiencing the shortcomings of low budgetary allocations to speak up for the National Assembly and the Senate to make appropriate adjustments in the next budget allocation.

Regarding the proposal by some counties to share fines and penalties collected by courts within their boundaries, Mutunga held that intensive consultation is required with key legal players and legislation as the current law rewuires that all revenues collected by the Judiciary be send to the Consolidated Fund. 

Speaking during a consultative forum, the CJ assured that the Judiciary will strongly partner with the CoG for efficiency and effectiveness for residents seeking judicial services.

For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page!

- MyNews24

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Jayne Zack
I am in ODM to stay, Busia Depu...

Busia Deputy Governor Kizito Wangalwa told Deputy President William on the face that he was in the Orange Democratic Movement to stay. Read more...

Boda Boda operators in Bahati rai...

Motorbike Boda Boda operators from Bahati Sub county on Tuesday took to the streets of Nakuru’s CBD lamenting over what they term is harassment by patrol police officers in the area. Read more...

Submitted by
Gabriel Ngallah
Human Rights activist lives in fe...

The Human rights fraternity in Mombasa is currently living in fear after the home of one of the vocal human rights champion was invaded on Monday night. Read more...

Submitted by
kel wesh
Poisonous milk powder siezed by K...

The Kenya Revenue Authority has seized two containers with illegal milk powder which had been declared as gypsum board at Mombasa port. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Be ready for protests, Raila warn...

Expect protests if meddling with Auditor General continues, Raila Odinga has said. Read more...

Submitted by
Kenya says will return to interna...

Kenya will return to international markets to borrow when it feels the time is right, National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich said on Tuesday. Read more...