, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 18 – The Government will provide the resources required to ensure that the vetting of judges and magistrates is fair and meets Kenyans’ expectations,President Mwai Kibaki has said.
Speaking at his Harambee House office on Wednesday during a meeting with members of the Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board who paid him a courtesy call, President Kibaki directed the Ministry of Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs to facilitate the smooth operations of the board.
The Head of State, at the same time, assured the board of his full support in their duties.
“We will accord you all the support that is required to make the process smooth and credible,” President Kibaki said.
Briefing the President of the progress made in the preparation for vetting of the judiciary that is set to start soon, the Chairman of the board Sharad Rao said his board aspires to give Kenyans a judiciary that is beyond reproach.
Rao emphasised that the vetting process will be fair and transparent adding that the judges will be treated with respect and dignity throughout the process.
“We will follow the rule of natural justice to its fullness,” he said.
He said the Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board also intends to make the world refer to the Kenyan experience in the vetting process with admiration.
Speaking during the meeting, Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs Minister Mutula Kilonzo said his ministry is working towards ensuring that the judgements passed by the Kenyan Judiciary are internationally respected.
The Board was established by the Vetting of Judges and Magistrates Act 2011 that received Presidential assent on 21 March 2011.
The function of the board is to vet judges and magistrates who were in office as at 27th August 2011 to determine their suitability to continue in office. It is made up of nine members, six Kenyans, one Ghanaian, a South African and a Zambian.
Also present during the meeting were Attorney-General Githu Muigai and Head of Public Service and Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Muthaura.