The Judiciary has taken a critical step forward to fulfill its mandate of ensuring that there is a court in every sub-county by the establishment of Kabiyet law courts funded by the Mosop Constituency, National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF).
According to Chief Registrar of the Judiciary (CRJ) Anne Amadi, Kabiyet is the sixth to be unveiled under the funding of the NG-CDF and the second in Nandi County after Tinderet Law Courts bringing the total number of courts in the county to three.
“The Judiciary will endeavor to match the beauty of the building with excellence in service delivery,” Ms Amadi said. “The Judiciary will make the court ICT ready to enable advocates practicing from Eldoret and Kapsabet to take part in virtual courts in tandem with their counterparts in other parts of the country where ICT has been deployed as an enabler of justice.”
The chief registrar added that the building has two court rooms, a registry and two chambers among other facilities, and will relieve Kapsabet Law Courts of many cases that emanate from the area.
Mosop MP Vincent Tuwei said the new court will serve a population of 134,000 people who hitherto depended on the Kapsabet and Eldoret law courts, noting that adjacent land has also been donated for purposes of building a High Court station at Kabiyet.
Nandi County has no High Court and relies on Eldoret High Court in neighboring Uasin Gishu County. Samson Cherargei, Senator Nandi County, urged members of the National Assembly to allocate the Judiciary sufficient budget because most of the courts are dilapidated and the Judiciary is increasingly relying on partnerships with County governments to enhance access to justice.
Kapsabet Environment and Land judge Michael Mwanyale noted that justice had come full cycle to Kabiyet since the court was first established in 1905 during the Nandi resistance. “The court has now been re-established at Kabiyet 117 years later,” said Mwanyale