Nyandarua Governor H.E. Daniel Waithaka Mwangi (left) listens keenly as Chief Justice Hon. Dr. Willy Mutunga stresses a point. This was at Engineer Law Courts where the CJ visited to inspect a plot where new court chambers will be constructed by the Judiciary starting May 2015. On the right is Hon. Lady Justice Kalpana Rawal, the deputy Chief Justice
Ol’Kalou town to have a High Court and Engineer law courts to be upgraded, says CJ
Chief Justice Hon. Dr. Willy Mutunga visited Nyandarua County today March 23, 2015 and promised to fast-track the construction of modern law courts in Engineer town and a High Court in Ol’Kalou town.
The CJ also hinted at the possibility of putting up a Judicial Training Institute in Ol’Kalou town and urged Nyandarua leaders to consult with his office before a final decision is made.
The CJ said he was keen to ensure Nyandarua has modern chambers at Engineer Law Courts and a mobile court in Ol’Kalou town. He said a full-fledged High Court will be put up in Ol’Kalou town on a three-acre plot donated by the County Government.
The CJ said he will personally return to Nyandarua in May for a ground-breaking ceremony of the two projects and assured Nyandarua leaders that materials for construction and labour will be sourced locally.
He also urged local people to be vigilant during and ensure no corruption is entertained in the two projects so that Nyandarua can get the value for the money spent.
“We shall be using public funds in the two projects and it is your duty to remain vigilant and raise a red flag when you notice that things are not going right. We cannot entertain corruption in these projects,” the CJ said.
He said Nyandarua County recorded 813 criminal cases in 2013 and 1013 cases in 2014. During the year 2013 the county recorded 312 traffic cases and 327 cases in 2014
At the same time, the county recorded 52 civil cases in 2013 and a similar number in 2014. The high number of cases was enough proof that Nyandarua County deserved to have several law courts operating within its borders, said the CJ.
Dr. Mutunga was speaking during his first ever visit to Nyandarua County in his capacity as CJ when he toured Engineer law courts. He was received by Nyandarua Governor H.E. Daniel Waithaka Mwangi and Naivasha Resident Judge, Lady Justice Christine Meoli.
Also present were Deputy CJ Hon. Lady Justice Kalpana Rawal, Deputy Governor H.E. Waithaka Mwangi Kirika, KInangop MP Hon. Stephen KK Mburu, Speaker of Nyandarua Hon. Ndegwa Wahome, County Attorney Hon. George Kimani, MCAs Hon. Daniel Kibebo (Gathara), Mwangi Gichuki (Engineer town) and Engineer Resident Magistrate Madam Georgina Okapasi.
After touring the Engineer law courts and addressing staff, Justice Mutunga apologised to Nyandarua residents for failure by the Judiciary to put up a single court in the area since independence.
He said the decision to put up a modern law court in Engineer, a mobile court in Ol’Kalou and a full-fledged High Court in Ol’Kalou town was “Judiciary’s way of apologizing” to residents of Nyandarua County for the suffering they had undergone for decades while traveling long distances to seek for justice from courts located in other counties.
He regretted that a former Magistrate’s court in Tulaga, North Kinangop was closed down after the death of a former resident magistrate in 1985, marking the beginning of a struggle for area residents as they were forced to travel to Naivasha or Nakuru for hearing of their cases.
Nyandarua Governor H.E. Daniel Waithaka Mwangi said area residents had suffered for many years as they traveled long distances for the hearing of their cases in courts located in Naivasha, Nakuru and Nyahururu.
“Nyandarua is among very few counties in Kenya without a single law court located within their borders and this means our people have to incur huge costs traveling to other counties for hearing of their cases,” the Governor said.
He said the county government has donated three-acre piece of land for the construction of a High Court in Ol’Kalou town and appealed to the CJ to expedite the process of putting up of the court for the benefit of the locals.
The Governor also urged the national government to consider putting up a prison facility on expansive piece of land in Tulaga, North Kinangop that previously hosted a magistrate’s court until 1985.