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Judiciary committed to decongesting remands

Judiciary committed to decongesting remands

The Judiciary is committed to implementing programmes and polices that are aimed at fast-tracking cases and decongesting remand facilities.

Homa Bay Senior Principal Magistrate Thomas Obutu told Homa Bay GK Prison inmates that the court is keen to fast-track cases that have been pending before the court.

He added that it is also keen on reviewing sentences for prisoners who have improved under rehabilitation program as well as for those serving short terms.

On case delays, the magistrate said there is now a control on adjournments adding that courts will no longer grant endless adjournments.

The team advised remandees who were unable to afford their bail and bond terms to seek a review in court while those who wanted parole to follow procedure and ensure full compliance with the laid down requirements.

Hon Obutu was speaking when responding to issues raised by inmates at Homa Bay GK Prison when he led the Homa Bay Court Users Committee (CUC) members, staff and other justice actors, on tour of the facility.

During the visit, over 350 inmates at the prison were treated to an early Christmas surprise. The team was received by the Officer in Charge GK Prison Homa Bay SSP Mac Oyamo. They donated assorted foodstuffs as well as other items such as bar soaps, sanitary pads and children diapers to the inmates.

The inmates cited congestion in the holding cells, lack of immediate proper health care, high bail and bond terms, lack of parole as well as delay in concluding their cases, as some of the issues affecting them.

The team announced that the Ministry of Health would establish a clinic near the prison to deal with emergency cases and minor illness.

Article written by George Lumumba,  Homa Bay Law Courts.

 

(L – R):  Principal Magistrate Hon Susan Ndegwa, Ms. Alice Nyimbae (MOH), Supply Chain Officer  David Odialo  Mr. Kutere (County Director of Department of Children, Homabay), Hon. Senior Principal Magistrate Thomas Obutu, Homa Bay Probation Officer Ms. Nacher Odera, at Homa Bay GK Prison.

 

Inmates receive food and other items donated by Homa Bay Court Users Committee (CUC) members, staff and other justice actors who visited the facility.

 

Prisoners receive food and other items donated by Homa Bay Court Users Committee (CUC) members, staff and other justice actors who visited the facility.

 

Inmates receive food and other items donated by Homa Bay Court Users Committee (CUC) members, staff and other justice actors who visited the facility.

 

 

 

Inmates receives items from the by Homa Bay Court Users Committee (CUC) members, staff and other justice actors who visited the facility.

 

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