IEA Holds Public Forum on Public Funding for the Judiciary: What are the Policy Issues?

Post Date: 29 November 2019   |   Category: General   |   Hits: 528

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA-Kenya) held a public forum entitled “Public Funding for the Judiciary: What are the Policy Issues?” on Thursday, 28 November 2019 at the Sarova Stanley Hotel, Nairobi. The purpose of the public forum was to provide a platform for Kenyans to understand the dilemma facing the Judiciary in terms of securing sufficient resources for its functions, an appreciation of the adverse effects that come from the Judiciary’s lower political influence in resource allocation and to explore solutions for adequate financing of the Judiciary and strengthen accountability in the public finance management structure for all arms of government

The forum was moderated by Mr. Kwame Owino, Chief Executive Officer at IEA-Kenya, and the presentations were made by Ms. Jackline Kagume of IEA-Kenya; Ms. Kasyoka Mutunga -Research Associate at ALN Anjarwalla & Khanna Advocates; Mr. Macharia Njeru Commissioner at the Judicial Service Commission; and Mr. Duncan Okello - Chief of Staff in the office of the former Chief Justice.

Speaking during the public forum, Mr. Macharia Njeru, a commissioner with the Judicial Service Commission, said that “adequate funding of the judiciary will help clear backlog of cases that hampers socio-economic development in Kenya. Budget cuts in the judiciary would undermine the provision of critical services and stall the ongoing anti-corruption drive. Meaningful allocation of resources to the judiciary will impact positively in the fight against corruption.”

“Robust funding is key to support acquisition of technology and manpower that is required to enhance speedy prosecution of cases in the courts. In addition, adequate funding will act as a catalyst to speed up corruption cases which are on hold. This will also help in the recovery of stolen public funds and assets,” said Kwame Owino.