BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,27TH JULY 2018-The governors are unhappy with the decision made by the national government to drastically cut budgets meant to enable judiciary perform its functions properly.
The Council of Governors says the move is an attack on the sovereignty of the people of Kenya.
In a statement the chair of the council Josephat Nanok says the Judiciary exercises its authority as vested in it by the people through courts and tribunals as outlined in Article 159 of the Constitution.
“Essentially, any affront to the judiciary is an affront to the people of Kenya. An attack on the independence of the judiciary is an attack on Kenyans,” CoG chairman Josphat Nanok said in a statement on Friday.
He asked Parliament and Treasury to reconsider its decision and reinstate the judiciary’s budget to enable it to deliver services.
On Tuesday, Chief Justice David Maraga sounded the alarm that Judiciary was staring at dire financial constraints in the 2018/19 financial year which could cripple major development projects.
He said the Judiciary asked for Sh31.2 billion during the budget-making process but Treasury and Parliament allocated only Sh14.5 billion.
The CJ said they required Sh11.4 billion for development, but received only Sh50 million.
Maraga said more than 70 courts and 41 other government projects would stall.
“The Sh50 million is expected to cover new and ongoing projects, repairs and maintenance as well as ICT infrastructure for the courts. We are at a loss on how to use this money,” Maraga lamented.
Nanok said the allocation of Sh50 million for judiciary’s development projects is in bad faith, unfair and misinformed.
He said access to justice will be compromised because of stalled courts.
Nanok said they are intent on crippling the operations and independence of the Judiciary. This is a blatant violation of the Constitution and it must stop,” Nanok said.