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Nyandarua County gets first court since independence

24 March 2015, 21:48 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Nyandarua County residents have all reasons to smile after Judiciary inaugurated the first court of law since independence to help reduce distance covered in search of justice from other counties.

Chief Justice Willy Mutunga who inaugurated the Magistrate’s Court at Engineer pledged that groundbreaking for the construction of the new court will be held in May this year.

“Devolution is a train that has left the station and cannot be reversed,” said Mutunga, who then apologized for Judiciary’s historical negligence to the suffering Nyandarua residents.

Mutunga also agreed to a petition by local leaders to establish a mobile court in Tulaga in addition to the County’s plans to construct a High Court in Ol Kalou. Nyandarua County government has already allocated three acres of land for the court to be set up by the end of 2017.

However, Nyandarua Governor, Waithaka Mwangi asked Mutunga to allow the former African Court in Tulaga to be converted into a prison facility.

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Responding to Parliament’s recent proposal of cutting the Judiciary’s budget following the High Court’s ruling on illegality of CDF, Kinangop MP Stephen Kinyanjui faulted the House and maintained that the Judiciary should be added more funds to ensure enough courts are set up in the counties.

Nyandarua County Speaker, Ndegwa Wahome who presented a petition for construction of a High Court in Ol Kalou and Nyahururua, pleaded for the expansion of magistrates’ jurisdiction in the administration of land cases to ease the existing backlog.

Mutunga challenged the local community and its leadership to be vigilant in order to prevent corruption and wastage.

The CJ was accompanied by his deputy, Kalpana Rawal and the Naivasha Resident Jude, Christine Meoli during his ongoing five-day court inspection tour of Nyandarua, Nakuru, Eldoret, Webuye, Kimilili, Sirisia, Malaba, Butali, Kakamega and Vihiga where the visit will end with the launch of the Kisumu Law Courts.

Mutunga is also launching the "Justice@Last: Old Cases Clearance Initiative", which was successfully concluded in Nairobi and extended to other courts around the country.

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