Hon Raila Odinga presents a trophy to Governor Ongwae during the closing ceremony of the 6th Kenya Inter-County sports at the Gusii Stadium
KICOSCA closing ceremony

Governor Ongwae, accompanied by the Deputy Governor, receive a consignment of essential drugs and equipment worth KShs. 100M at KTRH procured from the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA).

Essential drugs and equipment worth 100M

President Uhuru scores past Governor Ongwae during the launch of the 6th Kenya Inter-County sports at the Gusii Stadium

President Uhuru launches KICOSCA

Boost for Maternal and Child Health as Aga Khan Foundation launches kshs.117 million project in Kisii

Maternal and Child Health project

Governor Ongwae taking oath of office for a second term at Gusii Stadium on August 21st 2017

Governor Ongwae's swearing in ceremony

Health Cabinet Secretary Dr. Cleopa Mailu Joins Governors under the umbrella Lake Region Economic Block (LREB) during a Health Conference Held at Kisii University Grounds on 29th and 30th March, 2017

Lake Region Economic Block (LREB) Health Conference

Governor Ongwae receives Olympian Hellen Onsando Obiri, the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics Silver medalist

Homecoming of Hellen Obiri

Governor Ongwae addresses county stakeholders during the county ICT consumer forum, Kikao Kikuu, organised by the CAK and Kisii County Government at the Gusii Stadium

ICT Consumer Forum

Governor James Ongwae leads residents of Kisii County in marking the 53rd Madaraka Day Celebrations at the Gusii Stadium

53rd Madaraka day celebrations

Cord leader Raila Odinga (centre) receives a figurine of a giraffe made from soapstone from Kisii Governor James Ongwae and Senator Chris Obure during the launch of the Kisii Entrepreneurship Summit (KES) 2016

KES Launch at Kisii university grounds

Kisii County Governor James Ongwae, Senator Chris Obure and Deputy Governor James Maangi during the launch of Kisii Entrepreneurship Summit 2016 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi

KES Launch at Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi

Governor James Ongwae joins over 300 doctors drawn from Kisii and Nyamira counties under the umbrella organization Inka medics association (IMA) for dinner

Governor joins Inka Medics Association for dinner

Governor Ongwae scoops gender and disability mainstreaming award

Gender and Disability awards

H.E Governor James Ongwae woos investors in Perth, Australia

H.E Governor James Ongwae woos investors in Perth, Australia

Kisii University Vice Chanchellor Prof. Akama speaks during an e-waste management workshop in a Kisii Hotel

E-waste management workshop

Chief Justice reiterates judiciary’s commitment to support devolution

The judiciary has committed to continue supporting devolution by expediting cases involving County Governments.

Chief Justice David Maraga says the judiciary will give priority to cases involving County Governments to ensure smooth implementation of devolution in the Country.

Speaking in Kisii County during a courtesy call on Governor James Ongwae, Justice Maraga reiterated the judiciary’s commitment to ensure devolution works.

"As the judiciary, we have and will continue supporting devolution. We shall speedily deal with cases filed against or by counties especially where orders issued may affect the operations of Counties.

He noted that during his visit to Tharaka Nithi County, the area Governor raised concern over a court order that had affected the operations of the Land Board.

Deputy Governor Joash Maangi, Speaker Kerosi Ondieki, CPSB Chair David Kombo, Ag. County Attorney Ken Onsembe and County Assembly Justice Committee chair Koina Onyancha were present.

Governor Ongwae thanked Justice Maraga for visiting his home County of Kisii and pledged to collaborate with the judiciary to promote delivery of justice services to the people.

"We have built a structure to house the County Court complete with a magistrate court, cells and other auxiliary facilities. Once operational, this court will boost revenue collection arising from statutory compliance to laws on buildings, traffic, environment and other cases. We ask the judiciary to designate a magistrate and other offices to operationalize the court," said Ongwae.

Already, the County has sent two officers to the Kenya School of Law for training on prosecution. Governor Ongwae also announced that the County had donated a parcel of land to house offices for the Kisii Law Courts.

Appreciating the gesture, Justice Maraga asked the Governor to help the judiciary acquire a title to the parcel of land saying a new high-rise premise will be built to house 11 chambers and space for the court of appeal.

Justice Maraga announced plans by the Judiciary to use County Halls and other facilities to handle post poll petitions arising from election of Members of County Assemblies (MCAs).

"We anticipate a lot of poll petitions affecting MCAs which should be dealt on the ground where they arise. We shall inspect existing facilities in surbordinate courts and where we find them inadequate to handle the numbers, we shall work with Counties to use their halls," he said.

He announced plans by the Judiciary to build additional courts at the grassroots in Kisii.

"We plan to build courts at Nyacheki and Manga areas so we ask the County to consider donating more land for this endeavour. This will go a long way in bringing services closer to the people and decongest the courts," said Maraga.

He expressed concern over the high number of succession cases within courts in Kisii and urged the community to embrace out of court settlement or use the court annexed mediation to ease the backlog.

Kisii Resident Judge Justice Joseph Karanja, Chief of Staff Duncan Okello and head of the National Commission on Administration of Justice Irene Momanyi among other officers flanked Justice Maraga.

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