Chief justice David Maraga today paid a courtesy call to H.E. Governor Wickliffe Ambetsa Oparanya at the County Headquarters where they discussed various issues regarding building more courts in Kakamega County.
During the discussion H.E Governor Oparanya raised concern on the issue of land cases that have been affecting residents of Kakamega who are forced to travel all the way to Kisumu to find justice on land cases. He said that this arises because Kakamega county land judge was transferred six months ago without a replacement, thus he requested the chief justice to find a replacement of the judge
Regarding construction of more courts, H.E the Governor has pledged to offer land in Navakholo and Likuyani/Lugari area at Pan Paper where the courts will be build. He also promised to offer a suitable place for construction of children remand home for young children having cases; this will enable them to access the facility without traveling long distances seeking justice.
In his closing remarks, H.E Governor Oparanya thanked the judiciary for defending devolution especially former chief justice Dr, Willy Mutunga .He added that devolution has brought change to our county and nation at large compared to previous regime where devolution was skewed .He promised to work hand in hand with the incumbent chief justice David Maraga.
Chief justice David Maraga promised to ensure that lands offered by the county government are issued with title deeds before construction of courts commences. He also promised to continue defending devolution as per the constitution because it is the great pillar of development. He added that devolution will help people from the grassroots to receive services required both at the County Government and Central Government levels.
Other than paying a courtesy call to governor Opranya, the chief justice also paid an impromptu visit to Kakamega court to find out how wananchi are being served.