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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,15TH NOV ,2020-ODM leader Raila Odinga has defended the inclusion of the office of Ombudsman in the BBI recommendations saying it will bring to an end numerous complaints from the members of public who were missing the key services that will be provided once the office is operational. On Sunday, ODM leader stated how the decision to come up with the Ombudsman office was reached at.
The opposition chief held a consultative meeting with governors drawn from the Western region in Kisumu, attended by Interior CS Fred Matiang’i and Labor PS Nelson Marwa.
Raila said that the introduction of the Judiciary Ombudsman is for the benefit of the members of the public, more so those who would like to raise complaints about the judiciary.
The judiciary is supposed to display justice. We have been complaining that the same Judiciary has been compromised, sometimes, that there have been judges on the take, making rulings that are not in accordance with the law,” Raila said.
It will be recalled that a number of groups including the Council of Governors have called for the removal of the office of Ombudsman in the Building Bridges Initiative report.
The church leaders, CoG have said that the Ombudsman will interfere with the independence of the Judiciary.
The same has also been repeated by Deputy President William Ruto who has said that more needs to done to the report before being subjected to a referendum.
The report has proposed in the administration of justice with the creation of the office of Judiciary Ombudsman.
The ombudsman will be nominated by the President with the approval of the National Assembly. The tenure of the office holder will be five years.
Among the duties envisaged include receiving and conducting inquiries into complaints against judges, registrars, magistrates, and other judicial officers and staff of the Judiciary.