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No Makeshift Structures In All Courts- CJ Koome Directs

The structures were previously in place due to inadequate infrastructure, which has been a result of the lack of funds used to improve the structures.

Chief Justice Martha Koome has directed that all makeshift structures which judges and magistrates have been using as alternative courtrooms be shut down.

The structures were previously in place due to inadequate infrastructure, which has been a result of the lack of funds used to improve the structures.

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In a statement on Monday, June 17, CJ Koome issued the directive following the fatal shooting of Principal Magistrate Monica Kivuti in one of such structures at the Makadara Law Courts.

In the same vein, she accused the Executive and Parliament of delaying in allocating funds to the Judiciary to facilitate the upgrading of court facilities in the country.

An undated photo of the Makadara Law Courts. /MAKADARA LAW COURTS

“Going forward, judicial services will no longer be rendered in makeshift structures. It should be recalled that in the past, the Judiciary has repeatedly requested the Executive and Parliament for sufficient resource allocation to upgrade our court facilities to standards that would guarantee efficient and safe execution of judicial duties.

“This goal is yet to be fully realized. In appreciation of these gaps, we will not expose Judiciary personnel to insecurity risks and will ensure that security, especially where infrastructure is inadequate, is not compromised,” she directed.

The CJ mourned Kivuti as a gallant officer who died protecting the rule of law, holding court in a tent and over the lunch hour.

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To honour the slain magistrate, she reiterated that there would be no court sessions on Tuesday, June 18, as the day would be dedicated to mourning, remembering and praying for Kivuti.

From Wednesday, June 19, all courts nationwide will resume operations except Makadara Law Courts which is under re-evaluation for security purposes. 

With the elimination of makeshift structures, going forward, the Supreme Court President directed all judges, judicial officers and staff to utilise virtual courts and secured permanent courts to dispense justice.

“The best way we can honour her commitment is by continuing to provide services in adherence to the Constitution and the rule of law.

“Any lapse that might lead to lawlessness and anarchy would be contrary to what Hon. Kivuti stood for. We are committed to honouring her dedication to justice by following her example,” she added.

Earlier, President William Ruto tasked the police to ensure that judicial officers in Kenya are protected at all costs while on duty.

Ruto mourned the loss of Kivuti, saying the country had lost a firm and hardworking judicial professional who served Kenyans with dedication and that she still had a lot to offer to Kenya.

Kivuti passed away shortly after requesting blood donations through her caregivers at the hospital.

Photo of the late Makadara Law Courts Principal Magistrate, Monica Kivuti. /LINKEDIN

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