KENYAN LAWYERS COME TO DEFENCE OF JUDICIARY OVER SLOW HANDLING OF GRAFT CASES

The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) has come to the defence of the Judiciary over claims that it is the strumbling block in the war against graft.

Speaker after speaker led by President Uhuru Kenyatta in their remarks during the recent Governance and Accountability Summit, turned the heat on the Judiciary, describing it as an impediment to the fight against graft.

However, LSK Chairman Isaac Okero said here Thursday that during the past few years, the Judiciary had become the convenient whipping boy in the fight against corruption, and he asked stakeholders to take responsibility for their lapses instead of pointing fingers at the corridors of justice.

“Justice (Kenani) Maraga is taking the helm of the Judiciary which has in the last few days become the convenient whipping boy in the fight against corruption. This is unfair and will only undermine public trust and confidence.”

Justice Maraga was sworn in Wednesday as Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court of Kenya.

The LSK has dismissed critics of the Judiciary accusing them of using it as a soft target to hide failures of the institutions they lead in the fight against graft.

In a media statement here , Okero said shoddy investigations and poorly conducted prosecutions were the more likely causes of delays in the determination of cases or of the low rate of convictions than corruption of judicial officers.

Okero said it was unfair to blame the judicial system for the widespread corruption in the country, arguing that such selective accusations would only serve to undermine public trust and confidence in the judiciary.

For the best results in the trial of corruption cases, each component of the entire process must aspire to the highest quality of work, he added.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.