Chief Justice David Maraga has ordered contractors building courtrooms across the country to complete all the works before the August 8 poll .
Currently, the Judiciary is undertaking 40 projects of building courts across the country.
Maraga, who was speaking at the Nyamira law courts during inspection of the ongoing construction of the county law courts, told the contractors to redouble their efforts and ensure the building is ready for use in August.
The CJ said Kisii and Nyamira law courts may not be sufficient to handle with election petitions which are likely to be filed after the polls.
“We need to expand our courts because the current facilities we have are very small and may not be of help during the electioneering period since we expect to handle many cases during that time,” he said.
Even as the CJ put the constructors workers on notice, the government’s delay of payment emerged as one of the impediments to completion of projects on schedule.
“The work was supposed to be completed by August 2016, but because of lagged payments, it has delayed this much,” said Josephine Momanyi, one of the contractors.
Maraga said he will act on the issue of payment expedited to ensure projects are completed within the stipulated timelines.
“We know government processes in securing project monies are long but that notwithstanding, we are giving an assurance that monies will be released for completion of the works,” he said.
He instructed the head of Judiciary Performance Improvement Project Coordinator Nancy Kanyago, who accompanied him to follow up on any financial hitches and report to him for timely action.
“We don’t want to have anything coming our way as we forge for the completion of the projects before August. We will deal with any serious shortcomings that may threaten our timelines,” he assured.
Maraga was accompanied by High Court judge Stephen Riechi, Nyamira resident judge Chrispine Nagillah, principal magistrate Eunice Nyutu and Nyamira Judiciary staff.