The Kenyan judiciary has fired 174 judicial staff over the last three years over misconduct.
Judiciary Chief Registrar Anne Amadi said 30 were sacked in 2018, 72 in 2019 and 72 last year, based on data collected from the human resource department and Judicial Service Commission (JSC).
Amadi noted that the high number of judicial employees who are found to be engaging in malpractices had resulted in the firings amid rising concern from the Judiciary.
She was speaking in Kisumu at the start of the 8th heads of stations forum, where she added that 11 judicial officers were also dismissed during the same period.
She noted that a huge gap had been left in the judiciary owing to the sacking of the high number of judicial employees that has resulted in strained delivery of crucial services.
On her part, Acting Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu appealed to heads of stations to make sure discipline and ethics are maintained in the corridors of justice.
“The value of supervision cannot be overstated. I dare say, on this one aspect, the leadership of the Judiciary, which includes yourselves, is at its weakest,” Mwilu said.
The Acting CJ added, “I refuse to be found wanting for failure to supervise and therefore my visits to the stations shall continue no matter what discomfort they cause to some of us.”
She urged Judicial staff to be more innovative and responsive to the needs of those they serve and do the right things not matter the inconvenience or consequences at a personal level.