Chief Justice Martha Koome says she is committed to ensure that social justice cascades down to the common citizen.
Speaking on Thursday during a meeting with the The Youth Congress, a premier youth serving organization in Kenya, Justice Koome reiterated that access to justice is a basic principle of the rule of law, pledging to ensure its availed to all.
“Access to justice is a human right in itself and, together with the rule of law, offers a concrete pathway to peace, good governance, human rights, democracy, and sustainable development” she said.
During the meeeting, the Youth Congress launched a campaign to highlight the importance of equal access to justice for all.
Raphael Obonyo, Convener of The Youth Congress, noted that: “In the absence of access to justice, people are unable to have their voice heard, exercise their rights, challenge discrimination or hold decision-makers accountable.”
“Effective judicial system is important in addressing some of the socio-economic and political problems facing young people in Kenya. Also, a functioning judiciary is essential for development and nurturing of Kenya’s nascent democracy,” he added.