By Dan Nyamanga.
Chief Justice (CJ) David Kenani Maraga has asked legislators to consider increasing funding to the Judiciary to ease service delivery to the citizens across the country .
He made the remarks when he officiated the opening of Manga Law Courts in Nyamira County in what could be his last public function as he heads to his terminal leave and retirement on Friday 11th December.
“I want to challenge our legislators to increase funding to the Judiciary to even KSh. 10 billion in each financial year for construction and give us only 10 years and see courts all over the Country.”
I have left office with a lot of Court requests which I could not manage due to constrained budget. That’s my only plea to you”, said Maraga.
This year alone,the Judiciary was able to gazette and build 21 courts across the Country
Maraga added that his road to retirement has been treacherous and trying after the Supreme court nullified the 2017 presidential elections.
He asked his successor to be brave and work for the truth as “the job is not easy”, he said.
“All this far is because of the people’s prayers and I ask Kenyans to pray for the next CJ as this job needs God to guide you through. I thank all who prayed for me to this end,” added Maraga.
Kitutu Masaba Member of Parliament (M.P) Shadrack Mose acknowledged the suffocation of Judiciary with resources but vowed to mobilize his colleagues to ensure it (Judiciary) gets its rightful share for development and services delivery.
“The Judiciary has been suffocated on resource allocation and I tend to think it as an out come of the remarks on ‘revisiting’ the Judiciary made around after nullification of the 2017 presidential elections by the executive.
As the National Assembly, we have always fought for more funding and I hope this starvation won’t continue”, said Mose.
Mose said that he would source for more funds to elevate the newly opened Manga Law Court to an High Court in the coming days.
“We will source for more funds so that we will have the opportunity to build a High Court in Manga as it is an historic place”, assured Mose.
Manga place in Kitutu Masaba Constituency was used as a Court by the colonialists which saw the place abandoned after Kenya attained independence in 1963.
Among those who accompanied the CJ to Manga is Nyamira Senator Eric Okong’o and County M.P Jerusha Momanyi and Rtd Justice Bosire among others.