Kilifi to introduce county courts for by law offenders

Kilifi County Government is set to open its own courts to try County by law offenders, a move that has elicited reactions from residents.

While on a tour of Malindi Municipality offices, Governor Gideon Mung’aro announced that the county courts will also be a source of revenue for the county.

“With our own courts we will generate our own revenue and reduce traffic at the Malindi law courts,” he said.

At the same time he ordered all impounded motorcycles and tuktuks to be released immediately and that matatu stages will be re-designated to reduce congestion and harassment of matatu operators.

“All impounded motorcycles and tuktuk should be released immediately and we will formulate ways on how to address the situation,” he said.

The move to designate passenger picking and dropping points arose from allegations that county askaris were harassing touts.

Abdala Mwangi, chairperson Malindi Tuktuk Operators Umbrella has however disputed the move saying that it would be counterproductive.

“We need to be involved as industry players since we are the most affected when it comes to harassment by county askaris,” he said.

Laban Charo, a tout complained that they were facing harassment from county askaris who arbitrarily arrest them and demand bribes.

“We need to be allocated a place to pick and drop customers within the town because the harassment is too much. We are always arrested and they don’t even take us to court because what the askaris demand is money which we don’t have,” he said.

Governor Mung’aro who also toured the Malindi Sub County hospital ordered the unconditional release of patients with accrued bills.

  

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