Kenya’s Bryan Khaemba has been elected Secretary General of the East African Magistrates and Judges Association (EAMJA).
Mr Khaemba, a Senior Resident Magistrate based at the Kiambu Law Courts, was elected at the end of the EAMJA annual meeting held at Kigali, Rwanda, from Wednesday till today.
He is the current Secretary-General of the Kenya Magistrates and Judges Association, and will steer the East African association through a crucial period when Kenya hosts the annual meeting in November next year. He takes over from Uganda’s Jessica Chemeri.
The EAMJA Secretary General holds the position for two years. His duties revolve around the overall management of the association as well as being its spokesperson.
Chief Justice David Maraga, along with top judges and magistrates from East African countries, attended the meeting whose theme was “Enhancing the Use of ICT for an Effective, Transparent and Accountable Administration of Courts in East Africa.”
It was also attended by the Chief Justices of Uganda and Rwanda, and the President of the East African Court of Justice.
Kenya’s Mr Justice Luka Kimaru, who has been the EAMJA President over the last two years, handed over the mantle to Lady Justice Rutazama Angeline from Rwanda.
The magistrates and judges meet every year to learn from each other about how best to improve delivery of judicial services.
The Kenyan delegation included Supreme Court Judge Isaac Lenaola and Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Anne Amadi.
Judge Lenaola’s presentation on “Balancing Judicial Independence with Judicial Responsibility” was highly acclaimed.
He told the meeting that “judicial independence in its widest sense is a precious pillar of any democracy. Its loss in any significant way portends the collapse of the democracy. We must guard it with all our might.”