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MPs, JSC agree on empowering the Judiciary

29 September 2014, 22:59 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – MPs from the National Assembly’s committee on Justice and Legal Affairs Judicial Service Commissioners (JSC) have settled their differences and agreed to work together to empower the Judiciary in carrying out its judicial mandate.

The committee’s Vice Chair, Priscilla Nyokabi who led other 17 members at a meeting on over the weekend agreed to work with the JSC officials to increase the number of judges and magistrates, speed up court construction across the country and enhance the jurisdiction of courts.

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“Parliament is ready to pass the necessary laws such as speedy trial legislation to enhance the work of the Judiciary. However there is need for debate on the question of separation of powers to avoid any emerging differences,” said Nyokabi.

The JSC team led by its Secretary, Ann Amadi who is also the Judiciary’s Chief Registrar, said their revived working relations will enable the Parliament and Judiciary to amicably resolve the accountability challenge and decisions made for the funding the legal institution.

“The role of leadership is to breach distance and bridge gaps in the search for common understanding,” said Amadi.

The JSC Commissioners who included Smokin Wanjala (Supreme Court), Aggrey Muchelule (High Court) and Emily Ominde (Magistrates’ Court) representing the members of the Bar asked the MPs to amend laws that would ease the administration of justice, bring tribunals under one umbrella, and support for the on-going court construction and repairs.

The differences between the Justice Committee and JSC began last year during disciplinary proceedings against former Chief Registrar; Gladys Shollei who was allegedly involved in massive misappropriation of funds among other illegalities such us improper procurements.

Judiciary intends to construct 10 courts before end of 2014 and other 28 are to undergo repair in the next two years.

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