KENYA’S CHIEF JUSTICE DEFENDS JUDICIARY AGAINST CHARGES OF CORRUPTION

NAIROBI, Feb 17 (NNN-KBC) — Kenyan Chief Justice Dr. Willy Mutunga has defended the judiciary against graft allegations saying the majority of his officers are not corrupt as perceived by the public.

Saying that the judiciary had been at the forefront in the fight against graft for years, Justice Mutunga added Tuesday: “The vast majority of judges and magistrates have no integrity issues at all. They continue to serve with distinction and professionalism. These hard working officers must not be tarred by the same brush of corruption.”

Dr. Mutunga noted that only three judges out of 143 in the country were facing corruption allegations, 50 magistrates among 450 have been accused and only 65 staff out 4,000 are facing corruption allegations.

The Judiciary had been consistent in dealing with graft cases, having established an elaborate anti-corruption and integrity infrastructure which was yielding results, he said at the Limuru Magistrate’s Court, about 40 kilometres northwest of here, during the launch of the Magistrates and Kadhis Courts Registry Manual.

Mutunga, in highlighting the gains made by the Judiciary, said the case backlog has been reduced by more than 50 per cent from more than one million cases to less than 500,000.

Source: KBC