Deputy Chief Justice (DCJ) Philomena Mwilu has urged all Kenyans to uphold the country’s constitution and protect the judiciary from attacks, as one way of ensuring the country’s stability.
Speaking over the weekend at the Machakos Primary School in Machakos town, where she was the chief guest during the institution’s prize-giving day, Ms. Mwilu said it is the duty of every Kenyan to protect the judiciary.
The DCJ defended judicial workers, saying that they were all aware of the enormous responsibility they had in the country.
“There is nobody who works at the judiciary who does not know the responsibility that has been bestowed on their shoulders by the constitution and the law,” Ms. Mwilu said.
The DCJ noted that the judiciary, alongside the other arms of the government was necessary for national stability, unity and economic growth.
She assured Kenyans that the judiciary on its part will continue to be guided by the Constitution of Kenya and remain impartial, while discharging its mandate of promoting the rule of law in the country.
She noted that disrespect for the judiciary could lead to Kenyans losing confidence in the institution, which would be disastrous for national unity.
“If the judiciary is to discharge its duties optimally, it must have the confidence of Kenyans,” she said.
On education, the DCJ called on all stakeholders in the sector to collectively strive to provide the best to the youth, whom she noted are the future of the country. She particularly appealed to teachers and parents to liaise closely, in addressing the educational needs of learners.
Congratulating the former pupils for putting the school in the first position during the exams, Ms. Mwilu called on students in general to put extra effort in their studies and adopt strict discipline, in order to succeed in their studies and secure their future.
She similarly asked parents not to tire in supporting their children’s studies and mentoring them into becoming dependable future adults.
During the occasion the over 15 former pupils, who scored over 400 marks in last year’s KCPE, received gifts and cash awards. Also awarded were top-performing teachers, as well as the current student who had excelled in their class exams.
In addition to the awards, the best performing pupil, Deborah Ndanu, who topped with 429 marks, will enjoy a fully-paid trip to the coast with her parents.
The school’s Head teacher, Boniface Muindi thanked the board of management, teachers and the pupils for working together to keep the school at the top in examination performance.
On school infrastructure, Muindi asked the government to support the institution increase the existing number of classrooms, to be able to accommodate the large number of pupils in the school.