Chief Justice David Maraga’s recent public outcry has bore fruit after the National Treasury restored Judiciary’s recurrent and development budget for the financial year 2019/2020.
Judiciary Chief Registrar Anne Amadi confirmed the decision in a letter dated November 6. She stated that the implementation of all approved activities should, therefore, proceed as planned.
“We are pleased to inform you that the Judiciary’s Recurrent and Development budget for financial year 2019/20 has been restored and the budget for the half-year been uploaded in IFMIS as approved by the National Assembly. Authority to Incur Expenditure (AIE’s) for the court stations and Tribunals are being processed and will be issued in the shortest time possible,” Ms Amadi added.
In addition to Maraga’s outcry, a court compelled the Treasury to restore the funds in response to a petition filed by LSK on October 25.
The court issued orders, including a compelling order, directing Treasury to fully implement the approved 2019/2010 Judiciary budget.
The Treasury slashed Judiciary’s budget by Sh3 billion last month citing revenue deficits and need to raise funds for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four agenda.
The Judiciary had requested Sh31.2 billion but Parliament allocated it Sh14.5 billion, which Treasury cut to Sh11.5 billion.
On Wednesday, the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) got an extension of the Court orders pending the hearing and determination of the case.
The matter is set for a mention on November 27, 2019.