CJ Willy Mutunga puts judges on notice over corruption
03 August 2015, 21:32
Mombasa - Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has put judges on notice over increased corruption in the Judiciary saying it erodes public confidence in the institution.
Mutunga said the JSC will not hesitate to act on any integrity issues touching on judges.
“I have never understood why a judge, who is very well paid, enjoys security of tenure, has highly concessionary mortgage and car loan facilities, has an excellent medical cover, should indulge in a practice so demeaning at both professional and personal level,” said Mutunga.
Speaking during the official opening of the judges’ annual conference at White Sands Hotel in Mombasa, Mutanga said the Judiciary had established 14 new stations to tackle shortage of judicial officers and case back log.
He added that he had received numerous complaints from members of public about case delays.
“We will not be party to marginalization of any region. I will make inquires about this delay and I expect the judges to respond fully; we cannot sit on cases forever and expect the public to remain silent,” said Mutunga.
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The CJ also called upon the judges not to ethnicize their office in a bid aimed to serve all Kenyans.
He urged the judges to fight for their independence from the executive arm of government, parliament and other institutions and organizations.
“The constitution has granted us our independence; we must not undermine it by submitting it to the market place of political transaction,” said Mutanga.
He further revealed that from October this year the Judiciary will roll out an ICT system that will help them collect daily court returns that will help monitor work returns of the Judicial officers.
Deputy CJ, Kalpana Rawal highlighted the judges’ effort in the last five years since the promulgation of the new constitution.
She however noted that the increased insecurity in the country has raised questions on the role of the Judiciary in the fight.
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