Judiciary to mark ten years of the ELC

The Kerugoya Environment and Land Court Judge  John Mutungi briefing the media on the forthcoming judicial celebrations since the establishment of these courts in 2012 across the country yesterday.

The Judiciary is set to mark ten years after the establishment of the Environment and Land Courts in the Country.

Various activities where these courts have since been established have been lined up and include briefings and tree planting as a precursor to the climax of the celebrations later this month .

After the promulgation of the 2010 Constitution the first   ten such courts were established  among them the Kerugoya one .

According to its presiding Judge John Mutungi , the court has only been handling family related land cases while non-related to the environmental matters has ever been filed so far in the area.

Kerugoya Law Courts

Mutungi while briefing the media at his Kerugpya Law Courts Chambers yesterday said despite the many environmental issues in the area no one has ever filed such a case .

“This County requires the Okiya Omtata’s intervention given the pollution into the rivers  emitted from coffee and tea processing factories as well  other pollutants besides numerous  car washes next to rivers and streams if we have to have a clean environment ,”he said.

He said any one who will file an environment related case should be assured of a faster hearing an determination of the matter since this was not only  a local but a global concern.

Initial Judges appointed to preside over these courts were only  12 but the number has risen significantly  to 60 following the recent appointment of more of    this  cadre  by the new government  and posted across the country.

Mutungi said  some cases which used to take up to  ten years  were now being concluded in about three years with arbitration between families being  highly emphasized  since it is the quickest method to resolve such land matters .

This week the Judiciary in the county is set to plant trees at the Kirinyaga University grounds and later at the Thiba dam while Justice Boaz Olao was the first to be deployed in Kerugoya court in 2012.

Mutungi said Thiba dam being such  land mark project must be  greened  by planting trees  around it where  locals and visitors can come  and enjoy the beautiful  scenery and as a measure to combat the global  devastating climate change .

The planting will involve stake holders like Lawyers and  the County government Environment Department  where a total of 5000 tree seedlings have been provided for the  greening exercise according to Mutungi .

The climax of the celebrations, Mutungi added  will be   the commemoration of the ten years since the establishment of these courts  at the Pwani University from Nov 28 to Dec 2 where the  Chief Justice Martha Koome will  preside over  with all stake holders being present or represented.

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