High Court Registrar, Hon. Judy Omenge this morning visited Voi Law Courts just days ahead of the highly anticipated arrival of the first ever Voi resident Judge on 1st September.

The Registrar, who was in transit from Garsen, was briefed on the latest Voi Court Users Committee plans to welcome the in-coming Voi High Court resident Judge, as her high powered team was taken round on an inspection tour to assess the status of the existing Station buildings.

Members of the Voi Court Users Committee, popularly known as CUC, led by its Chairperson, Hon. Ellena Nderitu, Senior Principal Magistrate who replaced Hon Samuel Wahome in May as the Station Chief, briefed the Registrar’s team on their plans to refurbish existing structures within the Judiciary’s compound, pending the construction of a modern High Court complex envisioned within the compound, in the 2016-2017 financial year.

During the launch of the High Court Sub Registry in June last year, Taita Taveta Governor, Eng. John Mtuta Mruttu, spelled out his Government’s visionary plans of establishing the County Headquarters in Mgeno City, a stone’s throw away from Mwatate Township.

In his speech, Governor Mruttu had encouraged the Judiciary and members of Voi CUC to consider taking advantage of the vast space provided for them in the Mgeno model city.

One of the numerous challenges facing the Voi CUC, however, has been to frantically identify, ahead of the appointed date, a suitable venue for the High Court Judge’s immediate operations which, of necessity, ought to be linked to other facilities and institutions associated with the existing Court set-up, like the registry, Police and, holding cells. In this regard, several options that were due for consideration by the CUC were ruled out, both on logistical and other financial grounds, in the interim.

Several Supreme Court officials accompanied the Registrar, including Madam Rose Ochieng of the Human Resource Department, Ms Hellen Musyoki of the Judiciary’s Finance Department, Messrs Edwin Makokha and Godfrey Kulubi of the Supreme Court, and Ms Eunice Mutie of the Legal Research Department.

As the Registry officials continue to consult closely with the local CUCs, their individual, professional and collective institutional experiences will certainly have a bearing on the processes and hard decisions that will shape the fledgling Voi High Court Station, whose impact is already being felt by the common folks.

Duncan Mwanyumba,
Voi City, Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Duncan Mwanyumba is a practicing advocate of the High Court of Kenya currently based in Voi City, Coast Province of Kenya, a cultural enthusiast, and a member of both Voi and Wundanyi CUCs