Chief Justice David Maraga has said the Judiciary as an arm of government also needs resources to run its affairs.
The Chief Justice said the judiciary is not like any department in government or ministry that will require a lot of money but it only requires a few additional resources to develop and move forward.
Maraga was speaking on Monday while he opened Manga law Courts (Formally African Court of Justice)in Manga Sub County in Nyamira County.
“I wish to call upon the National Assembly and the Senate to push for more resources. The Judiciary is an arm of government, it is not a department and while we push for resources, we only need like Sh 5billion for us to be able to open courts all over the country, we are not mad,” Maraga said.
Maraga was with Registrar of Judiciary Ann Amadi, County Commissioner Amos Mariba, Kitutu Masaba MP Shadrack Mose, Senator Okong’o Omogeni, Woman Representative Jerusha Momanyi, Presiding Judge Esther.
Chief Justice Maraga will be remembered for several projects in Nyamira including opening three law courts, an establishment of an SDA church in his backyard and the ongoing construction of a primary school. The Chief Justice has established children home among other projects since he became Chief Justice in 2013.
Several speakers praised CJ Maraga over his position in the judiciary especially the nullification of the 2017 general elections and his recent advisory to the president to have parliament dissolved over the required gender rule.
Kitutu Masaba MP Shadrack Mose said the residents of Manga SubCounty had longed to have a court in their area since it was time-consuming for them to travel to Nyamira to have their matters heard.
“We are readily receiving this new court in Manga since we have for some time now been travelling to Nyamira, but now we will not strain so much,” said Mose.
He added that the Judiciary has been suffocated in terms of resources and insisted that they will fight and ensure more resources are allocated to the Judiciary for purposes of smooth operations.
Woman Representative Jerusha Momanyi said Maraga has left a mark not only in the community but also in the entire country.
“We are not taking your services for granted in this country, we are proud because of what you have done in our country. Let this institution remind us that we had a Chief Justice who was competent enough,” said Jerusha.
Senator Okong’o Omogeni called for additional resources to the Judiciary for efficiency in service delivery.