, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 28 – Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has formed a committee to identify and recover grabbed Judiciary assets.
The seven-member committee will be chaired by Court of Appeal Justice John Mwera and includes Justices Lydia Achode, Nzioki wa Makau, Olga Sewe, the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Chief Justice, Duncan Okello, the Registrar of the Supreme Court, Esther Nyaiyaki and Caroline Kabucho of the Subordinate Courts.
The Mutunga-appointed committee is also empowered to co-opt a member or members who it deems necessary to the successful execution of its mission.
The committee is not only charged with identifying grabbed Judiciary assets but with recommending sanctions to be taken against those suspected of culpability.
Their terms of reference including; “inquire into the unlawful allocation of Judiciary assets including land, court buildings and residential property, ascertaining the beneficiaries and identify any persons, judicial officers or staff, involved in such illegal allocations.”
The committee is also charged with putting together a register of the Judiciary’s assets, recommending whether they should be used for residential purposes or to construct court rooms and other amenities.
The committee is to ascertain which of its property titles the Judiciary has in its possession and in consultation with the Ministry of Lands, the National Lands Commission and the county land boards, obtain titles for those without.
The Mwera chaired committee is to then recommend to the Chief Justice how the Judiciary can prevent the grabbing of its assets in future.
The recovery efforts, Mutunga said, being necessary to the realisation of the Judiciary’s Transformation Framework (JTF).
“The institution’s five year strategy blueprint, was constrained by the loss of critical land and buildings to individuals,” Chief Registrar of the Judiciary, Atieno Amadi, explained in a press statement Tuesday.
Mutunga has given the committee eight months to carry out his orders and it is required to give a status update at the half-way point.