, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 18 – Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has conducted the first Court of Appeal reshuffle since May 2013 when it was expanded to include stations in Nyeri, Kisumu and Malindi in addition to Nairobi.
The changes will see seven Justices return to Nairobi and eight others deployed from the capital city to replace them.
Justice Philip Waki will take over as the presiding judge in Nyeri and will be joined by Justices Roselyn Nambuye and Patrick Kiage.
“Justices Alnashir Visram, Martha Koome and Otieno Odek, who served in Nyeri, finalised 615 civil and criminal appeals and reduced the waiting time for an appeal from five years to one year. They have all been deployed to Nairobi,” a statement from the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary, Atieno Amadi, reads.
In Malindi, Justice Asike Makhandia takes over as Presiding Judge and is joined by Justices William Ouko and Kathurima Minoti.
Justices Hannah Okwengu and Fatuma Sichale return to Nairobi “having cleared 309 civil and criminal appeals during their tour of duty,” according to Amadi.
David Maraga is to continue serving as Presiding Judge in Kisumu but will be joined by Justices Daniel Musinga, Gatembu Kairu and Agnes Murgor from Nairobi.
Justices Sankale ole Kantai and Festus Azangalala return to Nairobi.
“Stationing permanent Court of Appeal judges instead of the previous practice of justices visiting major towns once or twice a year has seen major successes in the disposal of cases,” Amadi stated on Wednesday.
The adoption of a ‘first-come, first-served’ system in the Nairobi Court of Appeal which also hears matters from Nakuru and Eldoret, Amadi testified, has also seen a significant decline in the backlog of cases.
“The court has cleaned off a five-year backlog that went as far back as 2003, and is now dealing with matters filed in 2008. The Nairobi station targets to start hearing matters filed in 2010 by December this year,” she said.