The Board recently held a retreat session with its stakeholders to collect feedback on the vetting process which is nearing the end. The stakeholders invited to attend the session are those who are listed under Sec 18 of the Vetting of Judges and Magistrates Act 2011 (VJMA).
The session highlighted the genesis, process, gains, challenges, lessons learned and recommendations on the way forward of the vetting of judges and magistrates exercise in Kenya. The participants from the various stakeholders’ organizations submitted in written and oral forms; their recommendations and views over the process.
One of the outstanding views shared by many who submitted from various organizations was that the process as promising as it was and as successfully carried out as it was, may not have resulted into 100% of desired outcome due to the fact that it was designed as a one-off exercise and therefore there was need to establish such a mechanism to be in place permanently to check on the judicial officers excesses.
The Board harvested a rich collection of feedback from this retreat with its stakeholders. The meeting also acted as a platform for the Board to report on its undertakings in the vetting of judges and magistrates process. This recommendation and views will be included in the final report of the Board which will be released before the curtains are brought down on this unique process.
In his address to the meeting, the Chairman of the Board, Mr. Sharad Rao reminded the participants that even though the vetting of judges and magistrates is one-off in character, it was not intended to be a stand-alone activity but rather it constituted one of a raft of measures designed to revitalize the judiciary and restore public confidence in it. The Chair reiterated that the Board believes that the vetting process has to a substantial degree achieved its purpose and that an overwhelming majority of the public thinks so too. (Download the Chairman’s opening Speech Here)
The two days retreat was held at the Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort in Naivasha on 4th and 5th February, 2016. In attendance also was the Vice Chair of the Board, Ms. RoslineOdede, Board Members; Mr. Abdirashi Abdullahi, Mr. Justus Munyithya, Mrs. MeulediIseme, Prof.NgothoWaKariuki, Rtd Chief Justice. J. Asoka De Silva, Rtd Chief Justice. Barnabas Samatta and Rtd. Deputy C J. Lady Justice. Alice Mpagi-Bahigeine. The session was moderated by the Board CEO, Mr. Reuben Chirchir.