Residents of Isiolo County have a reason to smile after the Chief Justice laid the foundation stone for the construction of a high court in Isiolo town.
The development is meant to bring higher judicial services to the county that is currently served in Meru or Nyeri towns.
In his speech during the launch of a Sh379 million Isiolo High Court foundation Chief Justice (CJ) David Maraga said the Judiciary was committed to improve court infrastructure countrywide.
The court, the CJ said, will take justice close to the people and was therefore determined to establish courts across the 290 constituencies in the country.
The share of funds we receive from the national government is not sufficient to decentralize courts in all sub counties but we will continue to lobby for more to ensure that we set up High Courts in all the 47 counties with sub counties having Magistrate courts said the Chief Justice.
Justice Maraga stated that insecurity in some parts of the country was also a challenge when establishing the Courts but assured the residents of the county that the Isiolo High court will be ready for use in 18 months’ time.
The CJ who was accompanied by Principal Judge Meru High Court Alfred Mabeya and Isiolo Governor Godana Doyo praised devolution saying the Judiciary will fully offer its support to ensure that it succeeds.
I would like to thank the World Bank for their support as well as the Governor and county leadership. We request the Governor to provide us with additional land to construct a Magistrate’s Court in Merti and Garbatulla and also for staff houses since there is an acute shortage of houses for our employees, said the Judicial boss.
Governor Doyo said locals in Merti and Garba Tulla sub counties had a challenge in accessing justice since most are forced to travel to Maua in Meru County.
The governor offered to allocate more than five acres of land for construction of Courts in Merti and Garba Tulla sub-counties but cited cases of illegal immigrants, land wrangles and contraband goods as the main concerns in the county.
The Chief Jusice said the project in Isiolo fits within the pattern of transformation that the Judiciary is undertaking involving construction of courts in all parts of the country and that no part of the country was too far.
We are posting judicial officers everywhere and here in Isiolo, in addition to this Magistrate’s Court, we also have Kadhis Courts permanently based in Merti and Garbatulla sub-counties. We are one indivisible nation and every citizen matters, he added.
The court facility being constructed is supported by the Judiciary Performance Improvement Project (JPIP) of the World Bank.
It will have eight courtrooms, nine Chambers, Huduma Centre, Police and Prison cells (segregated for male, females, and juveniles).
Judges’ and Magistrates’ lounges, Advocates Robing Room, Lactating Rooms for mothers, Witness and Children Rooms, offices for DPP, probation, registries, Archives, stores and library will also be housed therein.
Source: Kenya News Agency