MP Faults Maraga on Suspension of Open Courts in Mombasa

Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi has faulted Chief Justice David Maraga on his decision to suspend open court sessions in Mombasa after 11 staff members tested positive for Covid-19.

Wandayi said that Maraga’s decision was not a good idea, and urged the CJ to reconsider it.

The ODM lawmaker noted that people seeking justice would suffer more following the suspension. According to the lawmaker, Covid-19 “is now part of our lives, and we must learn to live with it”.

The National Assembly Public Accounts Committee chairman said no single institution that could claim to be free from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Maraga suspended all court operations in Mombasa after 11 staffers tested positive for Covid-19.

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In a statement issued on on Friday, the CJ said that 180 of the staffers’ contacts had been identified and would be quarantined.

The affected courts are the Main Court Building, the City Court and the Tononoka Children’s Court.

Kenya had on Friday recorded 117 new cases of Covid-19, raising the national tally to 4,374. CJ Maraga had in March announced a reduction f operations following the confirmation of the first cases of the coronavirus.

Sessions were to be heard virtually where possible. The courts had just started resuming normal operations on Monday.

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