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February 26, 2018

Siaya high court to have 'best holding cells for suspects' - CJ Maraga

Chief Justice David Maraga lays a foundation stone for the officials construction of Kwale High Court on January 29, 2018./CHARI SUCHE
Chief Justice David Maraga lays a foundation stone for the officials construction of Kwale High Court on January 29, 2018./CHARI SUCHE

Siaya county will have the best holding cells for suspects once its Sh340 million ultra-modern High Court building is completed in October.

The building will hold eight courtrooms and nine chambers, among other facilities.

It will also have offices for other partners in the justice chain such as Prisons, Probation, the Attorney-General and Director of Public Prosecutions.

Read: Mombasa High Court to get Kenya's first case track system

The Law Society of Kenya and the Children’s Department will also have offices.

Chief Justice David Maraga on Tuesday described the project as “the best holding cells for suspects I have ever seen”.

“Suspects are innocent until proven guilty. In any case, even when they are found guilty, they still have the right to be treated as human beings,” he said.

The cells will provide functional sitting space for the suspects and a comfortable bathing unit.

Maraga also laid a foundation stone for the Kakamega High Court building, following two other project launches - the Kwale and Voi High Court buildings. The three projects have a total construction value of more than Sh1.2 billion.

The judiciary is also constructing and rehabilitating more than 100 courts throughout the country.

The CJ later met with Siaya Court Users Committee (CUC) which comprises of stakeholders in the justice chain.

Long gone are the days when Judiciary was aloof. Today we work closely with stakeholders,” he said.

Siaya Deputy Governor James Okumbe, while attending the CUC meetings, asked the Judiciary to introduce mobile courts in Rarieda and Gem constituencies.

Also read; Cases more than 5 years old to be expedited, Maraga promises


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