Reduced budget may force Judiciary to close some courts
03 March 2014, 09:30
Nairobi - Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has warned that the Judiciary may be forced to close down some courts following Parliament’s move to cut its budget by KES 500 million.
While addressing a press conference at the Supreme Court on Sunday, Mutunga said the funds allocated to the Judiciary by Parlianment are not for the comfort of judges and magistrates but to fund access to justice for the Kenyan mwananchi.
“Withholding money for court construction or operations not only frustrates judicial officers and staff, but ultimately hurts the individual court user, the mwananchi,most,” he said.
He said the Judiciary had an annual budget of KES 16 billion and has nearly 5,000 employees and offers services in every didtrict in Kenya as compared to Parliament which has KES 20 billion budget allocations, with less than 2000 employees and is only based in Nairobi.
“Yet, even as Parliament has the final word on how much access to justice to fund for the common mwananchi, on this we stand: no number of threats or amount of intimidation will deter the Judiciary from doing justice using the same plumb line of the Constitution, the law and the evidence in the quickest time possible,” said Mutunga.
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