3 May 2018 by Department of Public Communications.
Kenya is bidding to become the permanent seat of the East Africa Court of Justice, Attorney General Kihara Kariuki confirmed when he received the President of the East Africa Court of Justice, Dr. Emmanuel Ugirashebuja Thursday morning.
Justice Ugirashebuja is in the country to seek Kenya’s support in amending two sections of the Treaty For the Establishment of the East African Community; namely establishing the permanent seat of the Court and securing the security of tenure for judges.
“Time has come for the Court to have a permanent home since all its operations are now fully operational. Nairobi as the regional hub is also ideal for the court, Justice Ugirashebuja stated.
The Chief Legal Advisor reiterated Kenya’s commitment to the integration process for the mutual benefit of all citizens and the development of the region.
The Treaty established Arusha as the temporary seat of the Court since 2001 until such a time when its functions would be operational. It is proposed that all judges of the court serve on a permanent basis as a means of strengthening the institution. Currently only the President and Registrar are based at the court with all other judges serving only on a needs basis. The judges are also serving within their different member state jurisdictions, a move that is expensive and not sustainable. Kenya has two judges who are currently serving the court, Justice Aaron Ringera and Justice Isaac Lenaola. Judge Charles Nyachai will take office on 1 July 2018.
A summit of Attorney Generals and Ministers of Justice of the member state countries is scheduled to take place in June this year where these matters will be deliberated. The matters are expected to facilitate the strengthening of the East Africa Integration process
Justice Ugirashebuja was accompanied by the Registrar of the Court, Mr. Yufnalis Okubo.