No High Court building, no judge in Bomet – LSK cries foul as locals continue to suffer

By , K24 Digital
On Wed, 11 Aug, 2021 21:51 | 2 mins read
Court hammer. PHOTO/COURTESY

The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) is crying foul over failure by the Judiciary to post an Environment and Land Court judge to Bomet over alleged absence of a high court.

The construction of the Bomet High Court stalled a year later after its launch by former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga six years ago.

Expressing their dissatisfaction over it, the lawyers from the branch said they are now ready to donate a tent to be used for the hearing of land-related cases in the county which he said has continued to pile up while residents continue to suffer as a result.

Lamenting about the challenges litigants were facing in seeking justice over such matters, the society’s Bomet Chapter said it was sad that the county has had to miss out on several opportunities of having judges of various divisions posted since there was no court.

The branch chairman Kadet Kiprono said residents had been subjected to
the gratuitous pain of travelling long distances to Kericho and Narok to have their cases heard which he noted would have been possible if there was a judge based at the county.

He cited the recent transfer and posting of judges to various counties where he claimed Bomet was to have one but was cancelled after it emerged there was no court for the judge to use.

“We have really suffered a lot and that is why we are saying we are ready to our way out and provide tents to be used by a judge in this county…We have many unresolved land cases in this Bomet and the only to help our people is to have a judge no matter the office,” Kiprono said.

The official who was addressing the press in Bomet town also wondered why there was no haste by the judiciary to complete the structure.

Justice Fred Nyagaka who has earlier been posted to the county has yet to report with reports emerging that he has been transferred elsewhere.

Reached for comment, Chief Registrar Anne Amadi said her office was yet to receive any formal complaint from LSK over the matter.

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