Posted at Jul 08, 2011
Nairobi, Friday 8th July , 2011
Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has called for a consolidation of relationships between civil society and the judiciary for the advancement of justice. Speaking Thursday night in Nairobi, during the 38th Anniversary for Kituo Cha Sheria, Dr Mutunga noted that the cause of justice will be best served if civil society explored other strategies of working with the judiciary other than the traditional protests.
The Chairman of the Kenya Magistrates and Judges Association (KMJA) Justice Isaac Lenaola, and member of the Judicial Service Commission noted that the head and deputy head of the Judiciary hails from the civil society sector and it is imperative for civil society to recognize opportunities for engagement.While commending the JSC in the open manner in which they have conducted interviews for positions within the judiciary, the Executive Director of Kituo Cha Sheria( Centre for Legal Empowerment )
Miss Priscilla Nyokabi decried the adversarial trend that some of the interviews had taken. ‘’ Candidates for position in the judiciary are not suspects,’’ she added. She called for a more fair and just process that is mindful of the candidate’s dignity.
Presiding over the function, Prof Shadrack Gutto noted that Kituo Cha Sheria, founded in 1973 was one of the pioneer civil society organizations that championed the cause of access to justice, especially to the poor and marginalized.
Indeed, a large cross section of Kenyans, he noted, are still unable to have their disputes on land, inheritance and labour matters resolved in a satisfactory y manner as the country still lacks comprehensive national legal aid scheme.
Prof Gutto called for the overhaul of oppressive systems that continue to consign a majority to hopeless pit of poverty while a minority few in the governing class plunders the resources of the country.He called on those committed to the cause of justice to recognize that democracy is a journey and to remain vigilant even as we celebrate the new Constitutional dispensation, warning that there are many in the political class that would want to continue depriving the poor of their resources.
Kituo Cha Sheria is one of the Amkeni Wakenya and is implementing n access to justice project in prisons in Kenya. Other present in the celebrations include Deputy Chief Justice Nancy Baraza, Chairperson of Kituo Cha Sheria Mr Ken Nyaundi , Judges Mary Anga’wa and Jackton Ojwang among other distinguished guets.
By Rebecca Muniu
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