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LSK slammed for opposing establishment of High Court in Lamu

05 August 2015, 09:23 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - Tana River Governor, Hussein Dado has accused the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) Mombasa branch for frustrating the Judiciary efforts of establishing a high court in Lamu.

Governor Dado defended the Chief Justice Willy Mutunga whom the LSK want ousted for what they termed as failure to carry out his mandate.

He said the move by the CJ to post a judge in Tana River was welcome as it would reduce the distance litigants from his County travel to obtain services in Mombasa Malindi and Garrisa high courts.

“We thank the CJ for granting Hola a High Court status. He knows how difficult it is for the people of Tana River to get justice, himself having been detained at the Hola GK Prison,” Dado said.

He said LSK Mombasa branch chairman, Eric Nyongesa's move was uncalled for as the Judiciary is still undergoing reforms.

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Dado said lawyers in Mombasa feared that they could lose business if the High Court opens a station in Tana River, saying they were used to sitting in their comfortable offices in Mombasa while hundreds of people seeking justice had to travel to hire them.

Dado said the judge had already reported to Hola and would serve alternately in Hola, Lamu and Ijara, thus reducing the distances covered by litigants.

Some lawyers had also promised to open offices in Hola to serve the County residents, he said, and thanked Dr. Mutunga for his gesture.

The LSK Mombasa branch has been at loggerheads with Dr. Mutunga, accusing him of frustrating the dispensation of justice to the coastal residents and failure to address their concerns despite sending him several petitions.

During the official opening of the annual judges conferences in Mombasa, Chief Justice Willy Mutunga revealed that the Judiciary had set up 14 new stations to resolve the shortage of judicial services and backlog of cases.

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