The Court of Appeal has given retired President Moi and the Moi High School Kabarak six months to vacate a 100-acre piece of land that was forcefully taken away from the Bell family in the early 1980s when Moi was president.
This is a landmark ruling. It sends out potent signals that this is a new judiciary which no longer jumps through hoops at the request of the powers that be. It also gives litigants the confidence that justice delayed is not justice denied as a just ruling is finally possible. It might be late, but at least it will be just.
The ruling gives Kenyans hope that, finally, they are on track to getting the kind of judiciary they have always wanted-one that is truly blind and not influenced by power or position. It serves as a reminder to Kenyans that they must continue to chip away at the edifice of impunity that surrounds those who are in charge of our institutions.
A reformed judiciary will only be meaningful if the police and prosecution services also undergo similar if not greater reforms. These institutions must emulate the judiciary. The process may be painful at first, but the rewards to be reaped are immense.
Quote of the day:"Words without action are the assassins of idealism." - Herbert Clark Hoover, the 31st US President, was born on August 10, 1874.