The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Mwamu Fumes At Judiciary Funds Cut

THE East Africa Law Society President James Mwamu has faulted MPs for slashing Sh 500 million from Judiciary's budget. Judiciary had been allocated the money in the main budget for construction of buildings.

Yesterday, Mwamu said the MPs move will hurt the public. He pointed out that there is need for each of the 47 County Governments to have a court and a Judge.

He said the cash was meant for putting up courts and other judicial facilities in the counties for efficient service delivery to Wananchi.

"It is not in good faith for the MPs to reduce the judiciary budget for it is the public that will lose in this battle," Mwamu said during a morning radio talk show.

He said there are several cases pending in courts across the country hence the needs for more courts to hear and determine them.

This will only be achieved by allowing construction of more court facilities and deployment of judges to them, he added. He said MPs have deviated from their legislative role and was now engaging in unnecessary wars with the judiciary.

"There are several pertinent issues the MPs can discuss in Parliament with an aim of passing laws that will benefit their electorate instead of engaging in endless squabbles," said Mwamu.

MPs say some of the Sh 500 million they want slashed from the judiciary budget be used on an audit of the constitution that may limit the powers of the judiciary.

Parliament is presently at loggerheads with the Judiciary after the High Court shielded governors from being grilled by the Senate over expenditure in the counties.

It was also jolted by the High Court ruling reinstating Embu Governor Martin Wambora after the Senate impeached him. Mwamu has maintained that any member of the public is free to seek legal redress in court in case he is facing any sort of injustice.

"If anyone feels the executive or the legislature is denying him or her right, they are free to go to court and this should not be used to accuse the courts of taking sides," Mwamu said.

He told MPs to stop debating issues that will not benefit the public.

They should also stop wasting a lot of time deliberating on whether the Governors should be allowed to use the title 'His Excellency' and fly national flags, he said.

He pointed out that the issues and not important to the common man.

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