De­velop a model to men­tor ju­di­cial of­fi­cers, judge says

Jus­tice Mwilu says she will pro­mote team­work among judges to en­sure Kenyans get qual­ity ser­vices from the ju­di­ciary

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics - PETER NG’ETICH @pet­kich

The ju­di­ciary should come up with a model to su­per­vise and men­tor young ju­di­cial of­fi­cers who suf­fer silently, a can­di­date for the post of Deputy Chief Jus­tice said yes­ter­day.

Court of Ap­peal Judge Philom­ena Mwilu said a num­ber of ju­di­cial of­fi­cers have a drink­ing prob­lem, but lit­tle is done to help such peo­ple.

The judge said while work­ing in El­doret, she no­ticed that a mag­is­trate had re­ported to work at 2pm be­cause he had taken too much al­co­hol.

“I was forced to talk to the mag- is­trate and or­gan­ise a lunch for the sta­tion’s nine mag­is­trates on a weekly ba­sis to try and find out the prob­lems they were un­der­go­ing,” she said.

Mwilu said if she be­comes the DCJ, she will want to see judges and mag­is­trates in­ter­act­ing of­ten through the model she came up with in El­doret.

“The ju­di­ciary is weak on su­per­vi­sion and men­tor­ing ju­niors. With my nine years ex­pe­ri­ence in the body, I would rec­om­mend that the model is im­ple­mented,” the judge said.

She said if she suc­ceeds, she would want to take over the docket of fight­ing cor­rup­tion.

The judge said she will set up a strong sys­tem to curb cor­rup­tion, which has been a hin­drance to jus­tice for Kenyans.

“In the first two-and-a-half years, I will en­sure that lit­i­gants know jus­tice is at­tained in court and not in the cor­ri­dors,” Mwilu said.

She said if she re­alises that a judge has been com­pro­mised, she will con­front him or her.

Mwilu said that as the CJ as­sis­tant she will pro­mote team­work among judges to en­sure Kenyans get qual­ity ser­vices.

The Court of Ap­peal judge said gen­der dis­par­ity has been ad­dressed in the ju­di­ciary and the ra­tio of men to women is al­most equal.

She said she has been pay­ing school fees for needy chil­dren since 1986 as she came from a poor back­ground.

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