He spoke at the Supreme Court in Nairobi where he witnessed the official release of the report on the state of judiciary and administration of justice by Chief Justice David Maraga.
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The President said all three arms of government have been given mandate to serve Kenyans and thus need to work together to fulfil that mandate.
“We are all one government, serving one people and the national interests. We are independent but interdependent,” he said.
The President further said he will work with Parliament to allocate additional funds to enable the judiciary relocate the Court of Appeal.
While encouraging the judiciary to guard its independence jealously, the Head of State urged it to talk to people within the law to hear their viewpoint also.
He cited the example of Parliament, which has mechanisms of consultation both with other branches of government and with the people.
“Follow suit. Kenyans are reasonable; what they want is to be heard,” Uhuru said.
“For instance, the business community looks forward to fair and timely decisions from the courts on the matters that may need judicial intervention.”
He added that delays in the resolution of commercial cases is hurting business.
“According to World Bank data, it takes an average of 459 days to resolve one case. We have to find a way to reduce this sharply,” Uhuru said.
In the same spirit of inclusiveness, the President said all parts of government should work in concert towards realisation of justice within the community.
He observed that the administration of justice is attained when the Legislature, Executive and Judiciary work together and not just when the Judiciary acts in isolation.
“The administration of justice is a national responsibility for all organs of Government and all citizens of Kenya.”
“It thus has to be pursued and promoted jointly, across government and at all levels, as a public good,” the President said.
Maraga assured the President that the Judiciary is committed to working with other arms of government and independent commissions to tackle the daunting challenges that confront the country, top among them being corruption.
“We in the judiciary have our own challenges with corruption, which we continue to address within our human resource function as well as through the Judicial Service Commission,” the Chief Justice said.
Others who addressed the forum included Speakers of National Assembly and the Senate Justin Muturi and Kenneth Lusaka respectively, Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu and Judiciary Chief Registrar Anne Amadi.