From left; Chief justice David Maraga, Nyamira County Governor John Nyagarama, Justice Esther Nyambura and Borabu Member of parliament Hon. Ben Momanyi during the official opening of the Nyamira High court.
Nyamira County’s judicial section got its shot on the arm last week following the official opening of an ultra modern building that will house the high court and the environment court division.
Speaking during the official opening of the new building, Chief Justice David Maraga said that the new court premises will help reduce cases that were referred to Kisii law courts.
The unique features standing out in the new court premises are a breastfeeding room for new mothers who come to the courts for various services either as convicts or witnesses, an office where lawyers meet their clients and a well furnished holding cell for prisoners and remandees who have been brought to court.
“The judiciary is well aware of the straints that people go through in the process of seeking justice and that is why we are bringing the court premises closer to the people by opening this high court,” said Justice Maraga.
To bring justice closer to the people, he said that an assessment will be conducted at Manga Sub County where a traditional African court (commonly referred to as ‘Ritongo’ existed, so that a modern court is constructed there.
Speaking during the event, Nyamira County Governor John Nyagarama thanked the judiciary for upgrading the high court offices in Nyamira saying that it would bring services closer to the people.
“There has existed a good working relationship between the Judiciary and the County government since the inception of devolution in 2013 and I would like it be strengthened,” said Governor Nyagarama.
Justice Maraga said that since the inception of the high court division in Nyamira, two thousand cases have been handled in the court whereby more than four hundred of these cases are land related hence the need for an establishment of the environment court in Nyamira.
“This is the third court facility to be opened this year and many more are up-coming including one that was recently officiated at Vihiga County. We are also planning to start the construction of a more expansive Kisii law courts within this financial year,” added the chief justice who is the also the president of the supreme court of Kenya.
The Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Ms Anne Amadi reiterated the judiciary’s commitment to dispense justice to the people fast enough.
However, the chief justice decried a rise in rape cases a matter that he said is exacerbated by the fact that many involved in such vices are young people whose lives end up wasted in jail because the law is never lenient on such culprits.
Notable among those present during the launch were several high court judges, Nyamira county commissioner Amos Mariba and members of parliament from Nyamira County.