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Kwale high court to be in place by October

20 August 2013, 17:47 John Kioko

Kwale - Plans are underway to have a high court in Kwale County in place by October this year.

“The physical planner and surveyor are at an advanced stage of looking for land that will host the facility,” said Kwale principal magistrate Elizabeth Usui.

The magistrate said that a magistrate court at Lungalunga and Kinango are also at the same stage, adding that the title deed for the land where Lungalunga court will be constructed is ready.

This will be a boost for the residents who have been forced to travel for long distances in their quest for justice.

The county covers 8,270.2 square kilometers with a population of around 800,000 people, and has been served by only one court.

It has been also challenging when cases hearings are referred to the Mombasa high court.

In addition, the only resident magistrate who was serving the court, Abdurrahman Aminga, resigned few weeks ago and is now a practicing lawyer based in Ukunda.

However, the principal magistrate said this will not affect the day to day running of the court proceedings.

“We are going to get a replacement for Aminga and also an extra magistrate. In the meantime, we will do with whatever we have to do,” argued Usui.

With all these construction plans expected to kick off in the next two months, the principal magistrate added that they are geared up to bring their services closer to the citizens.

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