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Compelling case for the Judiciary to be judged

By | October 14th 2009

Mr Odhiambo T Oketch expected the introduction of performance contracting to be supported by all arms of Government. Going hand in hand with concepts like Rapid Results Initiative, he believes the public should benefit from better service delivery.

However, Oketch is puzzled the Judiciary continues to resist signing performance contracts. This, he argues, does little to inspire public confidence. With opaque appointments, delays in court cases, claims of corruption, judges and magistrates reporting to work late, Oketch says there is good reason to check the performance of the Judiciary.

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"But we also have those who are beyond reproach and do their work as required," he says.

Oketch notes the only way would be to separate the ‘good’ — who should be commended and promoted — from the ‘bad’— who should be told to change their ways or be sacked.

Like Oketch, PointBlank believes it is time to rekindle debate on performance contracts for the Judiciary. Talking about reforms while resisting scrutiny is unhelpful.

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