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County govts to build new court houses

25 April 2014, 14:13

Nairobi - Two governors in the Rift Valley region have gone beyond the call of duty by pledging to support the Judiciary and subsequently ensure the smooth operation of this arm of government.

The West Pokot Governor, Simon Kachaplin, promised to set aside land to enable the Judiciary construct new courts in the area, while his Trans Nzoia counterpart, Patrick Khaemba, pledged to allocate funds to construct public facilities at the Kitale Law Courts.

The two governors said they would collaborate with the Judiciary by giving it the necessary support to enable easier accessibility to courts in order to facilitate dispensation of justice in the respective counties.

Kachaplin decried the long distances residents of West Pokot had to cover to access court services in the area and attributed the problem to many years of marginalization by successive administrations.

“The topography of West Pokot is quite harsh and people have to walk for more than six hours to access basic government services,” Kachaplin said.

Amadi said that the Judiciary was committed to establishing High Court stations in all counties to supplement the existing 20 stations in the country. 

Meanwhile, Chief Registrar of the Judiciary, Anne Amadi, commended the positive response from county governments but deplored Parliament's decision to slash funds allocated to the Judiciary, saying this would in the long run “hurt the same people it claims to be serving.

- CAJ News

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