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Power blackout paralyses services at Nyeri Law Court

25 October 2013, 14:00

Nyeri - Services were interrupted at the Nyeri Law Court after a power cut by the Kenya Power and Lighting Company, following mounting debts.

Sources said the decision to pull the plug came after it emerged court owed the company KES 500 million ($5747).

This has impacted on operations of the court.

“Some court rooms could not operate as they were in pitch darkness,” said Charles King’ori, an advocate at the court.

A clerk in one of the courtrooms said some vital services such as typing of the court proceedings and photocopying had been suspended due to the power outage, which made it difficult for them to offer vital services.

The proceedings in some courtrooms on Thursday began in darkness. The judges whose court rooms were plunged into darkness had to wait for those with lighted courtrooms to complete their proceedings before using the same premises.

The backup generators were of no help as they ran out of fuel shortly after the proceedings had kicked off while some were too noisy forcing the advocates to shout during the proceedings.

Meanwhile, it is suspected that the decision to disconnect the court could be sabotage by some individuals who did not agree with the dismissal of the Chief Registrar, Gladys Shollei, by the Judicial Service Commission early in the week.
Shollei was dismissed over alleged corruption, incompetence and misbehavior.

 – CAJ News


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