CJ Koome to join UK, India judges to discuss independence of Judiciary

Chief Justice Martha Koome will today join a sitting with former Supreme Court Judges from Kenya, South Africa, the UK and India to discuss the independence and integrity of the Judiciary.

The roundtable webinar is being hosted by the Justice K. T. Desai Memorial Committee, with the Bombay Bar Association. It has been convened by Justice Sujata Manohar, a former Supreme Court of India Judge.

Justice Koome will be joined by fellow Supreme Court of Kenya Judge Isaac Lenaola, and Lady Justice Mary Arden of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.

Others are Justice B.N. Srikrishna, a former Judge of the Supreme Court of India and Justice Albie Sachs a former judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa.

The meeting comes against the backdrop of media reports in Kenya on the independence of the Judiciary in relation to the oversight role of Parliament.

Recently, CJ Koome wrote to the Speakers of the National Assembly and Senate acknowledging the oversight role of Parliament over public institutions and also sought a meeting with the Speakers to discuss overlapping and duplicating summons from different committees of the same House, and also between the two Houses of Parliament to discuss the same issues.

“It is our humble view that parliamentary oversight must be performed strictly within the four corners of the law, and, equally importantly, in a manner that permits the various public institutions to perform their ordinary functions,” CJ Koome stressed.

The CJ indicated that she was keen to explore constructive engagement with both Houses of Parliament, particularly on the accountability of the Judiciary and recommended the Judiciary holds a joint consultative forum with the leadership of the Houses and the various committees as a matter of priority to resolve outstanding issues between the two arms of government.



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