5 years on, CJ says graft erodes the law

By: PETER NG’ETICH

CHIEF Justice Willy Mutunga yesterday said powerful cartels frustrate the fight against graft.

If not fought with a vengeance, corruption might become the fourth arm of the government, he said.

The three arms of government are the executive, judiciary and legislature.

The CJ spoke at All Saints Cathedral, Nairobi, at an event marking five years since the constitution was promulgated on August 27, 2010.

He called on the mainstream church to play an active role in fighting graft.

“Corruption is a form of terrorism. What is the need of getting a good constitution that does not benefit its people?” Mutunga said.

He said corruption kills generations as counterfeit drugs and other illegal commodities destroy lives.

“I was in Nigeria recently and its army was supplied with counterfeit bullet-proof vests. When they were in the battlefield fighting Boko Haram, many were killed because of the fake vests.”

Mutunga urged the church to join the war on graft, saying corruption is a sin.

“The judiciary is engaged in a mighty fight against corruption and the church must support us, for to fail in that fight will be to fail God and fail the constitution.”

The CJ took a swipe on churches, saying they must fight graft in their own ranks and surgically remove religious bandits preying on frustration and hopelessness.

Mutunga said the constitution has been a boon to Kenyans and without it, the country would not have had a peaceful election.

He dismissed claims by the clergy the constitution promotes abortions and that sharia law would be introduced through the Kadhis Court.

There was a minute of silence for those who fought for the constitution.

Mutunga recognised Bishops Henry Okullu, David Gitari and Alexander Muge and Rev Timothy Njoya of PCEA.