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All must respect court orders – CJ

"What the country needs is a fair judiciary that applies the rule of law equally without any bias and not a judiciary that puts itself in the market place for any political transaction or deal making"/FILE

“What the country needs is a fair judiciary that applies the rule of law equally without any bias and not a judiciary that puts itself in the market place for any political transaction or deal making”/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 6 – Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has urged the Executive and Legislative arms of government to respect the court order that stayed the decision to suspend six Judicial Service Commission (JSC) members.

Mutunga reassured that the current wrangles are not fuelled by politics and as such politicians should desist speculating on the matter, pending a final ruling.

“What the country needs is a fair judiciary that applies the rule of law equally without any bias and not a judiciary that puts itself in the market place for any political transaction or deal making.”

“It is on this basis I am confident that the current crisis between the three arms of government will be resolved,” explained Mutunga.

Speaking during the launch of a Registry Manual, the Chief Justice affirmed his commitment to transform the Judiciary urging the staff to shun engaging in graft.

He says that the new manual will ensure that members of the public are adequately and in a timely fashion served at the institution to avoid a backlog of cases.

“We have designed a judicial registry manual that oversee the efficiency of the courts and enable us to monitor the staff performance keenly.”

“Most registries have poorly managed records besieged by problems ranging from poor storage to careless file handling.”

“Sometimes, employees do not seem to appreciate the value of the records entrusted to them. There is no proper system of appraisal or classification.”

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“Misfiling and even destruction of files is a common problem. The Registry Manual seeks to address these challenges,” observed the Chief Justice.

He added that with the creation of this manual, judicial staff have neither the reason nor excuse to participate in any manner of corruption as it serves as a guide to the steps that they ought to follow while serving clients.

“The Kenyan tax payer dutifully pays your salaries and you should in turn serve them with honour,” he said.

“One of the values that underpin this manual is integrity. I cannot overemphasise the importance of ridding our country of corruption. It is an issue that all Kenyans need to be concerned about.”

He added that plans are in place to design a comprehensive Judiciary Anti-Corruption Strategy with the support of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, which will enable them deal with the menace permanently.

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