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CJ Maraga set to open Vihiga Law Court Building

The  Chief Justice (CJ), David  Maraga is scheduled to officially open newly constructed  Vihiga Law Court  building early  next  month.

The   Presiding  High Court  Judge in charge of Kakamega, William  Musyoka  made the revelation when he presided  over  Vihiga County Court Users Committee (CUC) meeting on Thursday.

Musyoka  informed  the  committee  the  CJ   will  visit  the  county  on  5th July, 2019, according  to  the  Supreme Court  diary.

“We have confirmed President of the Supreme Court will officially open Vihiga Law Court on 5th July,” said Musyoka.

The  Vihiga  Senior  Resident  Magistrate, Samson  Ongeri  informed the committee the new building, which was funded by  the  World Bank to the tune of  Shs.72million in 2015, was 92 percent complete.

“The contractor has assured us that the remaining works, mostly plumbing and wiring, would be finished before end of  this month,” reported Ongeri.

The  same lending institution funded construction of Hamisi Law Court in Hamisi Sub County to the tune of Shs.72million the same year.

The  High Court  Judge  tasked  the committee to work out a memorandum containing key issues that area residents want  addressed by the  CJ  during  his  tour  of  the  area.

Location  of  the proposed Vihiga High Court is one of the thorny issues that members agreed should feature in the memorandum.

According  to  the  CUC members, the locals are sharply divided on whether the proposed High Court should be at Hamisi or  Vihiga Law Courts.

“Justice  Aggrey  Muchelule  had promised people living in Hamisi Sub County the proposed High Court would be stationed  at Hamisi Law Courts,” claimed a member of the CUC.

The  committee  was  informed that a section of county residents want the High Court to be at Vihiga Law courts. Musyoka  assured the committee the matter would be settled  by the Supreme Court President.

The  Judge  further  asked  the committee in its memorandum to request  the  Judiciary  through  the  CJ  to  allocate funds  for  construction of  a  Magistrate  court  in  Luanda Sub County.

The  County government  of  Vihiga has already transferred 1.9 acres in Luanda Sub County to  the  Judiciary, which the  committee  was  told  was ready  to construct  the  court.

“What  is  now  needed is putting infrastructure at the proposed site,” noted Musyoka  who  thanked  Governor Dr. Wilber Ottichilo for procuring the  land on behalf of the Judiciary.

By  Maurice  Aluda

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