President William Ruto, on his first day in office, ordered for the swearing-in of six Judges recommended for appointment to the Court of Appeal and Environment and Land Court by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) three years ago.
The President has also ordered for an annual increase of the Judiciary budget by Ksh3 billion for the next five years. Speaking during his inauguration ceremony, President Ruto said, “Financial independence of the Judiciary has paid off with the implementation of the Judiciary Fund, on July 1st this year. My administration will scale up the budgetary allocation to the judiciary by an additional Ksh 3 billion annually for the next 5 years starting with the financial year 2022/2023. These resources will support the bottom-up scaling of justice by increasing the number of Small Claims Courts from the current 25 to 100. We will also work with the Judiciary to build High Courts in the remaining 7 counties, magistrates courts in the remaining 123 sub-counties and support their ongoing digitization program. These interventions will empower the Judiciary to adjudicate and expeditiously conclude corruption cases, commercial disputes and all other matters, thereby enhancing access to justice and efficiency in the Judiciary. To further demonstrate my commitment to the independence of the Judiciary, this afternoon I will appoint the 6 judges already nominated for appointment to the court of appeal, three years ago, by the Judicial Service Commission and tomorrow, I shall preside over their swearing-in ceremony so that they can get on with the business of serving the people,” said President William Ruto.
This happened shortly after he was sworn as as President of the Republic of Kenya at Kasarani Stadium, a ceremony witnessed by Chief Justice Martha Koome.