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Over 300 jurists across Africa to meet in Nairobi

14 October 2014, 09:20 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – President Uhuru Kenyatta will Tuesday open a conference of over 300 judges and magistrates drawn from various African countries and the larger Commonwealth to look into proper functioning of Judiciary in administering justice.

The jurists’ conference focusing on the constitutionally sanctioned principle of separation of power between the Judiciary and other State institutions especially on justice and collaboration in administration comes at a time when the Senate and Judiciary battling over controversial rulings to protect governors from accountability.

“The meeting will address the practical situations faced by judicial officers in the execution of their duties and how to deal with challenges and the threats organized crimes pose in the region,” said Justice Fred Ochieng, the President of the Kenya Magistrates and Judges Association (KMJA).

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“Further, it will focus on the relevant protocols, laws and mechanisms for dealing with organized crime and how EAC extends its internal cooperation to fight organized crimes in the region,” added Ochieng.

He said the conference also touching on transnational organized crimes such as terrorism, smuggling of persons, drugs and ivory trafficking will provide a platform for the jurists to come up with proper judgement in seeking long term solution to the problems.

“The conferenceprovides a platform to interrogate the role of the courts in the overall process of administration of justice, share regional experiences, and interrogate the impact of the role played by the courts on the development agenda of each of the countries in the region,” said Ochieng.

The judicial officers meeting the aegis of the East African Magistrates and Judges Association (EAMJA) are from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zanzibar, South Sudan, Southern Africa in addition to representatives from the Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association.

The Chief Justices from East African region and South Sudan will discuss on protection of the rights of children, women and the elderly.

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