By Ann Salaton
The Chief Justice, David Maraga has put on notice contractors who do shoddy jobs in the construction of government buildings, saying they risk being black listed and prosecuted.
Justice Maraga said the government has spent a lot of money on infrastructure that take longer time than anticipated to be completed by inept contractors.
“I am sending a clear message to the contractors that they should complete the work given on the agreed time and with the agreed amount of money,” he said.
Maraga was speaking on Wednesday during the inauguration of High Court in Narok law court premises.
“As many of us are aware, the building has taken longer than anticipated due to factors beyond our control. The construction of Narok Law Court is going to cost us an additional of Sh. 65 million to complete by June this year as promised by the new contractor,” said the CJ.
He however, assured that part of the building will be ready for use in a two months period and the whole building complete by June this year.
The CJ also challenged the Members of Parliament to allocate the judiciary enough funds for putting up infrastructure saying in the current financial year, the Judiciary had requested Sh. 5 Billion but only given Sh. 2.1 Billion.
The President of the Supreme Court added that his main objective is to ensure dispensation of justice to all citizens in the shortest time possible adding this could only be done by bringing courts near the people so that residents can not have to travel to far counties in search of justice.
“The MPs understand very well the long distances people have to travel to seek for justice in courts, hence they should give more money for building the structures,” he said.
He said in the year 2012, the judiciary embarked on the transformation journey whose main objective was to improve service delivery centered on access to justice.
Putting up physical infrastructure in all parts of the country will enable citizens access the courts easier.
On elections, Maraga said the judiciary was well prepared to handle cases that will arise from the electioneering process adding that some staff had been trained on the same.
“We encourage Kenyans to maintain peace before and after elections. A peaceful election will result to few cases of election dispute,” he added.
The CJ was accompanied by Narok Governor Samuel Tunai, Chief Registrar of Judiciary Hanah Amadi , High Court Judge Sankale Ole Kantai and Naivasha High Court Judge Lady Justice Christine Meoli.
Others who attended the function include Narok North Legislator, Moitalel Ole Kenta, Patrick Ntutu (Narok West) and Narok Deputy Governor Evalyne Arwasa.
During the function, Maraga unveiled, Justice Justus Bwonwonga, presiding judge of the high court of Kenya at Narok and Justice Mohammed Noor, Judge of Environent and Land Court.
Maraga applauded the county government for donating the land where the law court is built.
On his part, Governor Tunai applauded the efforts of the CJ, saying the Narok residents had to travel to Nakuru, Kericho and Naivasha to seek justice from the high court.
He asked the residents to embrace the traditional ways of settling disputes to avoid spending a lot of money paying lawyers to represent them in court.