, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 13 – Eleven new industrial court judges took the oath of office on Friday at State House Nairobi at a ceremony presided over by President Mwai Kibaki and witnessed by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga.
The Head of State urged the new judges to work hard to ensure they diligently and impartially serve the country in its quest to improve the Judiciary.
“This is a great honour and I trust that you will undertake your duties with great vigour and passion, applying the true principles of justice. You are joining the Employment and Labour Relations Court at a very critical time.
You are now the pillars of this court. The management of labour relations by an independent and impartial court is critical to the peace and economic productivity of our nation and attainment of Vision 2030,” he asserted.
He further wants them to actively be engaged in the expansion and empowerment of the industrial courts.
As the Employment and Labour Relations Court, the president advised them to work towards balancing the productivity and level of wages to compliment the country’s target of remaining a competitive economy cemented on solid labour relations.
They new judges include Nzioki wa Makau, Monica Wanjiru, Marete Njambi, Maureen Onyango, Hellen Seruya and Linnet Ndolo.
Others are Jorum Nelson, Stephen Okiyo, Onesmus Ndumbuthi and Ongaya Byron.
Mathews Nderi will be sworn in at a later date as he was out of the country.
The newly appointed judges are part of ongoing processes in Kenya’s plan to reform the Judiciary with a view of re-claiming confidence of Kenyans.
The Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board on the other hand was on Friday carrying on with the vetting of judges.
The new Constitution requires all judges and magistrates to be vetted before continuing serving in the Judiciary.