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Parralel courts rake in billions from traffic offenders

17 August 2015, 19:09 William Korir

Nairobi - Chief Justice Willy Mutunga says that he has unearthed a parallel court that has been swindling the public and pocketing billions of shillings in unscrupulous handling of traffic cases.

The scam involves police, brokers and unscrupulous court officials, and has been targeting motorists who do not wish to be presented in court, Mutunga said Monday on an inspection tour of the Nairobi Law Courts.

" This has to end. The taxpayer is losing billions in revenue through this parallel courts and must be stopped," he stated.

The revelation comes a few weeks after President Uhuru Kenyatta urged Mutunga to deal decisively with corruption in the judiciary.

Mutunga also said that the same cartel has been frustrating Kenyans seeking to abide by the law.

" Apart from the illegal courts, the same culprits have been issuing fake receipts for money being paid as cash bails by the motorists," he said.

Mutunga also urged court clerks to ensure that the traffic offence cases which come before them are dealt with quickly.

" The few people who attend court with traffic offences are those who have refused to pay bribes and even if they have committed some crime, they should be commended and have their cases concluded fast,” he added.

The scandal was uncovered after a motorist lodged an official complaint with the Judiciary after it emerged that the receipts he was issued at a police station did not tally with court records and he could not get his money back.

" That is a Kenyan trying his or her best to ensure that they abide by the law but are frustrated by the toxic levels of corruption," he added.

He stated that the Judiciary will deal with those found to have been in cahoots with the cartels.

Corruption is listed as the biggest impediment to Kenya's growth.

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