The Judiciary has cautioned Kenyans to expect a disruption of the normal court operations after the forthcoming General Election due to the high number of petitions the courts expects to deal with.
Eldoret High Court Judge Justice Daniel Ogembo said the extraordinary high number of political posts contestants will see an equivalent number of cases filed in court by candidates dissatisfied with the election outcome seeking redress.
Justice Ogembo said majority of judges will be handling the petitions on a fulltime basis and urged litigants in other matters in the High Court to bear with the court in the event their cases will be postponed to a later date.
There are timelines outlined in law regarding the hearing of petitions. The law requires that election petitions must be concluded within six months. This is a national duty which judges will be engaged in since winners need to be known so they can settle down in office while losers, too, should know their verdicts so that they can continue with their lives said Justice Ogembo who was speaking at Kapsabet Kamukunji grounds during the Judiciary Open Day fetes in Nandi County.
He appealed to litigants to be prepared to bear with the situation and assured them that once the courts will have dispensed with the petitions, other matters will proceed in a timely manner to ensure court clients received services efficiently.
Justice Ogembo, meanwhile, pledged to have the Kapsabet GK prison decongested noting that the correctional facility’s current population of inmates stands at 1000 people.
He said most of the convicts are petty offenders noting some of them are poor and could not raise Sh 5,000 fines meted on them and instead opted to serve the custodial sentence hence congesting the facility..
The judge explained the judiciary’s normal program of prison decongestion in the Eldoret High Court jurisdiction overlooked Kapsabet and said arrangements will be made to rectify the omission.
Source: Kenya News Agency