NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 25 – The Judiciary wants an additional funding of Sh2.9 billion to cater for priority areas which had been underfunded during this financial year.
The request which is contained in the Judiciary’s Budget Estimates presented in the National Assembly states that it needs Sh1.3 billion for recurrent expenditure and Sh1.6 billion to cater for a shortfall in the development budget.
Deputy Chief Registrar of Judiciary Paul Maina says they need Sh479 million to settle pension arrears, Sh475 million for the Judiciary Mortgage programme while Sh225 million to finance the car loan grant programme for its staff.
On the development vote, Maina says the Judiciary will require Sh1 billion for the purchase of the land for the Judiciary Training Institute and a further Sh600 million for the installation of ICT infrastructure respectively.
Other items listed for funding under the recurrent vote include ICT automation (Sh98 million), Organization Review Implementation (Sh40 million), Pro-Bono (Sh30 million), mediation (Sh20 million) and special benches (Sh10 million).
The National Treasury has allocated Sh2 billion to cater for the anticipated recruitment of more judges to help in expediting and reducing cases including anti-corruption cases and the need for vehicles for these new judges and the current judges who have had to share vehicles.
According to the table submitted to Parliament by Maina; the Judiciary estimates to use Sh883 million for the purchase of 80 vehicles for High Court Judges, Sh453 million to purchase 41 vehicles for newly employed judges respectively.
The Judiciary plans to spend Sh260 million and Sh383 million to purchase of four-wheel drive vehicles to assigned to various High Court Stations (41) and Magistrates Courts (50) across the country.
Maina says they have allocated Sh153 million towards to the purchase of 20, 4×4 vehicles to be assigned in the Judiciary’s car pool programme.