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LSK threaten to force Chief Justice Mutunga out of office

29 June 2015, 16:31 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - The LSK Mombasa branch members have threatened to lobby for the removal of Chief Justice Willy Mutunga out of office for what they termed as marginalisation of Mombasa Law Courts and stagnated judicial function in Mombasa.

The LSK branch chairman, Erick Nyongesa accused the Judiciary of mismanagement and frustration of judicial functions at the coast region.

Speaking to the press outside the Mombasa Law Court, Nyongesa said they had failed to resolve the shortage of Judiciary staff currently being experienced in Mombasa despite numerous efforts by the LSK members Mombasa branch to bring the matter to CJ's attention.

In letter dated June 15 addressed to the CJ, LSK Mombasa branch expressed concerns over the failure by the Judiciary to replace three judges at the Mombasa High Court.

“We are operating on a capacity of  50% less than what we had before Mutunga came into office. We are four judges each heading a division but earlier we had seven judges,” said Nyongesa.

The lawyers also called for the devolution of administration of Justice to the counties to ensure there is proper management of the Judiciary.

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Nyongesa noted that currently, all activities are run from Nairobi which is posing management challenges outside Nairobi.

“Currently, over 85% of all the judges and magistrates are based in Nairobi and within a radius of 250 kilometres from Nairobi and apparently 15% is shared across the country,” he said.

In the letter, the Mombasa branched lamented that despite the numerous land cases and wrangles in the region, the six counties in the region have only two judges serving in the Environment and Land court sitting in Mombasa and Malindi.

The Mombasa branch LSK chairman said in the recent Judiciary transfers, Mombasa lost eight magistrates and 59 support staff.

They also called for the immediate end of perceived adhoc training session for the judicial officers until the judicial training institute comes up with a proper structured programme to bring an end to clashes with the court programmes.

They have also given the CJ a 14-day notice to meet their demands failure to which they would organised mass protests in Mombasa and other affected areas to lobby for his removal.

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