The Judiciary of Chief Justice Martha Koome has blamed President William Ruto’s Executive for the stalled court projects totaling Sh500 million.
Speaking before the National Assembly Public Accounts Committee (PAC) yesterday, Koome stated that the projects have been postponed because Ruto has not provided adequate funding.
She did, however, mention that the Judiciary is racing against the clock to finish the eight blocked new courts.
In her defense, Amadi cited several issues to explain the difficulties she experienced, including insufficient budgetary allocation and budget cuts.
This is despite the fact that Ruto allotted Ksh23 billion to the Judiciary in the fiscal year 2023/2024, a Ksh5 billion increase over the previous year’s allocation of Ksh18.8 billion.
The National Assembly Public Accounts Committee asked Amadi to provide information on the status of the projects worth Ksh505,496,669.
The committee head, Suba MP John Mbadi, also asked for her answer to an audit report tabled at the parliamentary buildings on October 17, which warned that the Judiciary was behind schedule.
Mbadi emphasized that certain projects had been delayed for more than seven years with no proof to back up the delays.
Furthermore, the Judiciary was stated to be struggling to recover outstanding imprests from its officers, including top judges, totaling Kshs.14,180,234.
Amadi, on the other hand, stated that the outstanding imprest had been relinquished in contravention of the audit report.