Wednesday, March 1, 2023 – Two months after President William Ruto pledged Ksh 2 billion in funding to the Judiciary, the promise is turning out to be another ‘hot air’ after Chief Justice (CJ) Martha Koome decried inadequate finances.
Speaking in Meru, Koome implored Ruto to honor his pledge of increasing Judiciary funding, saying the Judiciary is grappling with a backlog of cases and some judicial officers were being forced to work in shifts.
“We are climbing a mountain as a Judiciary and we are here at the bottom. With the support of everybody, including the President who pledged that all he can do is strengthen the judiciary by giving us whatever is required for us to enhance our operations,” she stated.
The CJ lamented that the judiciary had been neglected for a long time, with some judicial officers working under deplorable conditions.
Additionally, she decried the slow pace at which the Meru Court of Appeal was being constructed, imploring that she would get involved in the project.
“The Meru infrastructure was built a long time ago, probably in the 1940s. The contractor had better be there working because we needed it like yesterday,
“Even if it means wearing overalls and coming to supervise the construction because I cannot sit back and watch my officers work in such indignity to hear cases,” she affirmed.
After his inauguration, Ruto committed to funding the Judiciary to ensure they construct the necessary infrastructure needed.
Ruto hailed the Judiciary for being steadfast in dispensing justice, especially the Supreme Court, which determined a presidential petition that was seeking to nullify his victory in the August 9, 2022, elections.
The Kenyan DAILY POST.