Courts Will Defend Devolution, Assures Chief Justice Martha Koome

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Kenya's Chief Justice Martha Koome, on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, reassured the Senate of the court's commitment to defend Devolution.

The Chief Justice (CJ), in her presentation to Senators via a video link, said the courts have been at the forefront defenders of Devolution.

"In every instance when Devolution has been threatened, the courts and specifically the Supreme Court has stepped in to defend the spirit of Devolution," she added.

The CJ cited some instances where the court made declarations in favour of the Senate.

"In 2013, the Supreme Court opined in an Advisory Opinion that the Senate has a clear role to play in the processing of the Division of the Revenue Bill," the CJ stated as one of the cases.

The CJ further noted that the Courts have faithfully acted in a manner to ensure institutions established under the devolved system of government function.

The CJ also stressed the need for the two institutions to work together to serve the people and realize the promises of the Constitution, including enabling the devolved system of government to work optimally.

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