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Havi takes on Koome for exclusion in NCAJ meeting: “It speaks volumes on who you are serving”

Law Society of Kenya President Nelson Havi has taken issue with his exclusion from the National Council on the Administration of Justice (NCAJ) meeting.

The meeting, chaired by Chief Justice Martha Koome, was held today. It was the CJ’s inaugural attendance of the meeting since assuming office in May.

Writing on social media, Havi addressed the CJ: “If you cared to read the Judicial Service Act, you would have known that the President of LSK is a member of NCAJ. Your determination to undermine elected leaders of LSK in the justice sector speaks volumes on who you are serving.”

Section 34 (2) on the establishment and composition of the Council says the council shall be composed of among others “the Chairperson of the Law Society of Kenya, or his or her
representative appointed in writing.”

Koome had said the meeting was “attended by all State actors”, with Interior CS Fred Matiang’i present on invitation. Among those present were Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Hajji, Attorney General Paul Kihara, and Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) Director General Mohammed Badi.

Koome (right) confers with Interior CS Fred Matiang’i during the NCAJ meeting. PHOTO/COURTESY

“There is need for collaboration by all stakeholders in the justice system, who are independent but inter-dependent,” said CJ Koome.

During the meeting , the reintroduction of instant fines for traffic offenders, fast-tracking of graft cases, prison de-congestion, review of cases involving children and the establishment of more Small Claims Courts were also discussed.

Koome commended the NMS for ongoing efforts to construct five more Small Claims Courts in informal settlements. The courts are expected to be complete within three months.

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