Judicial Service Commission-JSC- says the move by the government to slash its budget is an assault to Judiciary, warning Kenyans that Judiciary services will be severely affected in this financial year.
JSC Chairperson Chief Justice David Maraga says that the judiciary had requested for 31.2 billion shillings from the government to support its operations in the 2018/2019 financial year, but was only allocated 14.5 billion shillings.
Addressing the press this afternoon at the Supreme court, CJ Maraga further revealed that the Judiciary was further humiliated with only 50 million shillings towards development projects from the total allocation compared to the 2.6 billion shillings that was allocated to the Judiciary in the in the 2014/2015 financial year.
The CJ said that more than 70 court construction projects will stall, including 41 government funded projects which are currently at various stages completion.
Chief Justice David Maraga further faulted the National treasury for declining to extend the Judicial Performance Improvement Project of 15.5 billion shillings World Bank loan of which most of the judiciary projects are funded.
He said that other implications after the budget includes, suspension of 50 mobile courts across the country hence hampering cases backlog strategy among others.