By David Kimani
Nakuru, Kenya 4th April, 2016 – Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has given assurance that the County Government of Nakuru will work with the Judicial Asset Committee Recovery Committee to get back all judiciary land that has been grabbed as well as any other public utility in the county.
Speaking during a meeting between the county government and the committee tasked with the recovering of land allocated for courts’ expansion at the sub-county offices in Naivasha, the Nakuru County Governor said courts in Kenya had big chunk of lands but shamefully the size of these lands has shrunken to tiny plots due to irregular land allocation.
‘The court in Naivasha had been allocated land in the 1930s, but now has been reduced to a small plot, jeopardizing expansion of the high court.
“Let me put on notice anybody involved in this grabbing that they should be definitely be ready to surrender the land’, said Governor Mbugua.
The Nakuru County Governor commended the judiciary for going out devolve dispensation of justice to the grass-root.
He said it is a good initiative for the judiciary to earmark their space in the county for expansion and building of staff houses, opening courts in all sub-counties and establishing mobile courts to serve far flung areas in all the counties.
‘This noble idea of extending the dispensation of judicial services is welcome particularly here in Nakuru, as we have instances where justices has aborted because witnesses could not reach the court because of distance. This move will make the people of Nakuru and the entire nation in general benefit from our constitution’, said Governor Mbugua.
Arising from the meeting it was established that Naivasha require more judges, a minimum of three. Two of these judges will serve on land and employment issues.
Also discussed was the opening of new courts in Keringet to serve Kuresoi South and North, in addition to Subukia to serve areas of Waseges and Solai that border Baringo.
Molo court is undergoing rehabilitation through the cooperation of the National Government and World Bank. Governor Mbugua called for more expansion of the court as well that in Naivasha to give it the stature of high court.
Some areas that are in the interior of Nakuru County such as Gilgil, Maela among other places will benefit with mobile courts. In these area’s, which are prevalent to land conflict, and due to the delay in court cases accessioned by the long distances in access making people to resorting to taking law in own their hands.
Young people are also falling to the lure of crime because infrastructures of judicial services are far removed from the areas making them at times get away with crime.
Lady Justice Lydia Achode on her part said, through the Judiciary Asset Recovery Committee the Judiciary wants to recover it assets to be able to take justice services closer to the people saying although judiciary was not devolved it does not mean the judiciary cannot serve people from the grass-root.
‘Taking justice closer to the people will make justice accessible to the persons that we are supposed be serving. Judiciary is not devolved but it does not mean we serve people only the main known places. We are supposed to percolate it to the grass-root. Through our meeting with Governor Mbugua we have found out that people traveling from Maera to Naivasha and from Olenguruone to Molo to access judicial services are faced with the limitation of long distances’, said Justice Achode.
She added that through working closely with the County Governments they are finding where judiciary land used to be and where none existed the County Governments are ready to give land for improvement and expansion
The deliberations also focused on county courts, which were formerly municipal courts. The judiciary will manage these courts but their purpose is to support implementation of laws passed by the county assembly.
The area MP David Kihagi, MCAs for Hellsgate, Lakeview and Viwandani Hon. Jonathan Warothe, Samuel Wanyoike and Eunice Muriithi, accompanied Governor Mbugua respectively, including nominated MCA Hon. Ester Njeri.
Among those that accompanied Lady Justice Lydia Achode included Justice Nzioki Wa Makau of Labour and Industrial Relations Court and Peter Gesora Chief Magistrate Naivasha.