Kisii, Nyamira lawyers strike over transfers of judges

By , K24 Digital
On Tue, 2 Nov, 2021 12:28 | < 1 min read
South West Kenya Law Society ( LSK) chairman Wilkins Ochoki. PHOTO/COURTESY

Litigants with cases in Kisii and Nyamira counties have been told to expect delays in delivery of justice after two High Court Judges were transferred from the area without replacement.

South West Kenya Law Society ( LSK) chairman Wilkins Ochoki said that the Society’s members are set to down tools anytime to press the Judiciary to replace the transferred Judges to ease the suffering of the litigants.

“We have resolved unanimously to withdraw our services. It is bad that our clients are getting a low deal in the execution of justice. Ochoki told K24 Digital.

The official said that criminal cases would be greatly affected by the delay, stressing that some cases were about to be concluded while others new ones had been started.

He said the transfer of Justices Anthony Ndung’u and Esther Maina has negatively impacted the delivery of judicial services in the area. He stressed that this would delay the hearing and conclusion of cases.

“A lot of people have complained about delays in hearing and determination of cases. The transfers have equally affected us as lawyers because we are unable to offer services to earn a living” the LSK regional chairman said.

Ochoki, however, said that they have reported the issue to Chief Justice Martha Koome who has pledged to work closely with them in a bid to avert the strike.

"The CJ is considering the effects the transfers have caused in the delivery of justice and therefore, it will be prudent to replace the transferred Judges," he said.

In the meantime, Ochoki has urged the judiciary to deploy more judges in the region noting that cases are currently piling up in court.