KENYA: JUDICIARY TO DEAL WITH ELECTION PETITIONS – CHIEF JUSTICE

Kenyan Judiciary is more than ready to deal with petitions likely to originate from elections before and after the August polls.

Chief Justice David Maraga is however expressing his displeasure over the inflammatory statements being made by politicians across the political divide terming them a threat to the country if left unchecked.

With the political temperatures already rising if sentiments from politicians across the political divide are anything to go by, Chief Justice David Maraga is already foreseeing the prospects of the judiciary having a daunting task as the ultimate arbiter in dispute resolution.

Maraga, who is also the President of The Supreme Court, however says the judiciary more than ever is ready to deal with petitions likely to originate from elections before and after the Aug 8 general election.

He spoke while launching an ambitious blue print dubbed Sustaining Judiciary Transformation, a service delivery agenda scheduled to run from 2017 to 2021 at the Supreme Court.

The blue print has six key pillars among them clearing case backlog, judiciary digital strategy, leadership and governance as well as the fight against corruption which he said is at the endemic levels in the country, sentiments echoed by head of civil service Joseph Kinywa.

Maraga also criticized the decision by parliament to slash the budget of the judiciary insisting that such a move does not hurt a judge or the judiciary but an ordinary mwanainchi (citizen) who is always in pursuit of justice.

Also in attendance was Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi and his Senate counterpart Ekwe Ethuro.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK