Wiper party leader Kalonzo musyoka has cajoled the president of Kenya doctor William Ruto to grant the judiciary financial autonomy in a bid to ensure the judicial arm of government is free from the executive arm of government. Kalonzo said this at the swearing ceremony of the governor-elect in Mombasa Abdulswamad Nassir.
”as a senior counsel ,I would want to see a really independent Judiciary. Otherwise if we do not have a free judiciary ,with the way we are seeing the executive conducting itself ,we will not have a country”
Kalonzo went further and congratulated the state for signing an executive order granting the national police service financial independence and also said that the same should be done to the Judiciary… I want to congratulate the president for giving the police an independent budget ,but I would want to see the judiciary taking control of its own money ,being given handouts “
He further said “The moment you disconnect the judiciary from the executive in terms of budget ,will be headed in the right direction”
It is constitutional for the judiciary to be independent in terms of its financial matters as per article 173 of the constitution of Kenya (2010)that provides for the establishment of funds
“to be known as the judiciary fund which shall be administered by the chief Registrar of judiciary”
The money administered should be used as per the second part of the article.
“the funds shall be used for Administrative expenses of the judiciary and such purposes as may necessary for the discharge of the functions of the Judiciary,”
BY: ISAIAH WASWA