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Vetting board sacks two magistrates over misconduct

18 March 2015, 14:10 Ken Wekesa

Kisumu - The judges and magistrates board has sacked two magistrates in Kisumu following the completion of the vetting exercise that saw 43 magistrate vetted in the region.

The board chairman, Sharad Rao said that two magistrates; Dolphina Alego Kayila and Beatrice Nyambune Misiria, were declared unfit to continue serving in the Judiciary.

Rao said in the case of magistrate Kayila, there were sic complaints filed against her with a complaint alleging that she dismissed a suit in 2004 over non attendance.

“The board found that the magistrate's writing skills are wanting and her knowledge of substantive and procedural law is not sound. The nature of transactions in her account also raised integrity questions," said Rao.

In the case of magistrate Misiria, the vetting board said that two complaints had been raised against her.

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However, Rao noted that the writing skilling of most of the judicial officers was a major concern, he said the judicial officers serving in the region have been serving in the region and have also been transferred within the region.

“Such administrative issues have hampered the growth of the judicial officers who are unable to undertake any masters’ study due to lack of access,” said Rao.

He said that the officials’ interactions are also limited to persons of similar culture and practices which limit their exposure as judicial officers.

He also revealed that the board is now in progress of vetting 19 magistrates in the coastal region from the counties of Kilifi Kwale Malindi and Tana River.

He however noted that the board will vet the 19 magistrates who were employed before the promulgation of the new constitution.

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