- Raila Odinga observed the Judiciary had let down Kenyans in fight against graft
- The former prime minister said the manner in which graft suspects were released and allowed back to court was interfering with the process of justice
- Raila observed Mutunga was at one time the heads of Judiciary who failed to fight graft effectively
Opposition leader Raila Odinga has faulted former chief justice Willy Mutunga over his failed role in the fight against corruption when he was serving at the Judiciary.
Raila observed the Judiciary was a major stumbling block in the fight against graft as majority of the officers have conspired with the culprits to ensure they defeat the systems of justice.
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Opposition leader Raila Odinga has faulted the Judiciary over the manner in which they are releasing graft suspects on bail. Photo: UGCSource: UGC
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Speaking during a discussion on inequality in Africa at the University of Nairobi on Thursday, January 8, the former prime minister said the Kenyan Judiciary system was not active in the war against graft like other systems of justice across the world.
"The former chief justice talked about corruption which is everywhere across the world. The only difference is what happens when it is discovered, in other countries, culprits are arrested, prosecuted and punished," said Raila.
"What the former chief justice is not telling you is the role that the Judiciary plays in this menace. Actually he was the head of Judiciary, is it fully participating in the war against graft? When culprits are arrested with evidence and presented in court, they are released on bail and allowed to go back to work," he added.
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The ODM leader said the manner in which culprits were presenting themselves as being unfairly targeted by society after being released on bail was a major issue that was hindering the fight against graft.
Raila divulged allowing public servants who have been charged to go back to their work places was disrupting the fight against corruption as they interfere with the evidence that can implicate them.
The former premier's sentiments resonated with the Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji who has been pushing to have public servants charged in court suspended from their offices to allow for proper investigations.
Already, Haji has asked Parliament to pass a law that could see public servants implicated in graft stepping aside from their duties.
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