Governor pleads for more courts

News Release. Judiciary, Chuka.Governor pleads for more courts.The Judiciary has been allocated a four-acre piece of land at Kathwana, the Tharaka Nithi County headquarters, for construction of new courts.


The allocation was announced by Governor Samuel Ragwa during a meeting today with Chief Justice David Maraga at Chuka town, where the two inspected progress in the construction of the Sh98 million High Court building.


Five court rooms and five chambers will be housed in the new building, which is already in use by the High Court and the Environment and Land Court  as completion is awaited in October.


Governor Ragwa requested the Judiciary to build magistrates’ courts on the Kathwana land, and also at Chogoria where he said the county was willing to provide premises for a new court.


Justice Maraga thanked the Governor for the land and said he sees the county’s main courts being set up there in future in view of the central location of Kathwana. This will enhance access to justice from all parts of the county, he said.


The Chief Justice assured the Governor that the Judiciary supports the Devolution agenda and that all cases involving county governments were being heard on a priority basis to ensure their work is not unduly hampered.


Justice Maraga, who has been on a tour of Isiolo, Meru and Tharaka Nithi counties to inspect the level service delivery and ongoing constructions, earlier visited the Nkubu Law Courts. He commended the success of the Alternative Justice Systems at Nkubu, spearheaded by the newly appointed Senior Resident Magistrate, Joan Irura.


The court has resolved 250 cases within a period of three months using this system that involves mediation, rather than court hearings.


The CJ toured the newly-completed Sh85 Million Nkubu Court.