Pursuant to a recent revelation that some 214 magistrates and Kadhis have been lined up for job promotions in 2020. A storm is building up in the Kenyan Judiciary.
Facilitated by the rising cost of living; a segment of judicial officers are claiming discrimination by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC). The officers are crying foul opining that the JSC annually promotes Magistrates, Kadhis and Judges to higher job categories whereas they have been stagnating in the same job group for years.
“It is saddening that a majority of us have been stuck in the same job group for several years while other people are being promoted by the commission,” claimed an employee at the Kisumu Law Courts who sought anonymity.
Furthermore, this segment of Judicial Officers based at Kisumu, Winam, Maseno, Ukwala and Siaya Law Courts asserted that despite serving for several years, they are under skilled and not performing to par as a result of being denied a chance to develop and further their skills at a judicial training conducted in the Judicial Training Institute .
“We are aware that the Judiciary has been receiving funds for promotions and human resource every financial year but junior employees are stuck in the same job group,” claimed another officer.
Consequently, the officers are being forced to seek alternative means of earning a living as a result of frustrations and low wages at the work place. This has also instigated corruption cases involving court clerks and other judicial officers.
However, the Chief Registrar of Judiciary Ms Anne Amadi defended the institution stating that they were in the process of promoting staff. She stated that the Judiciary had stopped promotions sometime back in 2017 because it was undergoing a restructuring process. She further added that the the promotion process was set to begin at any moment. However, it would focus on appraisal as opposed to the number of years one had served the judiciary.
“We have a training program for the judicial staff through the Human Resource department. We have already finished reorganizing ourselves and promotion will be based on education qualifications and performance,” said Amadi.
She also denied allegations that painted the JSC as discriminatory with regards to job promotions dismissing the claims as malicious while also stating that Magistrates had been receiving training at the Judicial Training Institute
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