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MP blames Judiciary for escalating crime

16 April 2014, 09:25 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - Kieni Member of Parliament, James Mathenge (Kanini Kega) has pointed an accusing finger to the Judiciary claiming that it has contributed to the rising violent crimes in the country.

Mathenge said most criminal activities are perpetrated by hardcore immoral people released by courts on legal technicalities.

He said a high number of violent criminals have been released back to society to commit more crimes after their convictions were quashed by the court of appeal or after their release on bonds pending their case hearings.

He stated that although releasing capital crime offenders and suspects on bond is provided for in the Constitution, the Judiciary should use discretion in releasing them.

Mathenge opined that courts should also consider that the country is facing a wave of insecurity that includes terrorism, violent robberies, murders and rapes.

He added that controlling crime is a collective responsibility that requires the cooperation of all arms of Government, effort of every citizen and therefore the Judiciary should be seen to be playing its part.

The MP made the remarks at his constituency at the proposed Tagwa Police post days after the murder of a young man in highway robbery in the neighborhood.

Mathenge said he will introduce a motion in parliament to change the constitutional provision that enables violent crime suspects to be released on bond.

At the same time, Kieni West OCPD, Ancent Kaloki blamed the rise in violent crimes in the area on the dismissal of 15 robbery cases by the Court of Appeal, saying the criminals who returned to the society were back to their old ways.

He said police officers are working hard to profile the people involved with hope of bringing them to book soon.

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