Govt urged to act on judiciary conditions

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The Public Appointments Committee of Parliament has appealed to the executive to implement its resolutions on conditions of service for the judiciary and avoid repeating mistakes which resulted in a three months shut down of the courts.

The Judiciary appeared before the committee on Thursday to present conditions of service for judicial staff for approval except for a review of the salaries.

The judges presented proposals for review of allowances such as fuel for judges of the High Court and Supreme Court and review the care for a retired chief justice.

“The determination of the committee on conditions of service is final. We should not repeat the mistakes of 2006 when the executive ignored the decision of the committee.

“But we will be realistic in our determinations, mindful of the economic situation but also the fact that we will be having a change in the committee membership and going towards elections so we would like to leave with this issue sorted out,” chairperson of the committee Nick Masebo said on Sunday.

The judges informed the committee about retention of diplomatic passports for them and their spouses after retirement and review of procurement of their official vehicles after a mileage of 150,000kms or when the vehicle is over four years old.

According to Section 114 of the Constitution, the committee is expected to approve remuneration for judicial officers such as retirement, pension, gratuity and other allowances.

But Masebo said much as they deal with conditions of service for judicial officers, this had an impact on the staff that work under them so it was important for the Office of President and Cabinet to ratify them.

The next review of conditions of service for judiciary is expected to take place in 2015.

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