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Blame games stalling fight against corruption, says Chief Justice

19 January 2016, 08:07 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has said the war against graft in the country can only be won if anti-corruption agencies desist from blame games.

Mutunga, who spoke during the swearing in of the new Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) officials, challenged the commissioners to restore public confidence and redeem image of  the institution mandated to eradicate graft. 

Government agencies mandated with the fight against corruption include EACC, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Anti-Money Laundering Unit, Asset Recovery Unit, among others.

"The country looks up to EACC to find resolution to this contradiction, and which it can only do if it remains credible, independent and operates efficiently and within the law," said Mutunga.

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"The fight against corruption will only be successful if all agencies work professionally together and avoid blame games," he added.

The Chief Justice said there should be seamless collaboration guided by public interest in the fight against graft starting from investigation, prosecution and litigation.

Mutunga, who assured Kenyans of Judiciary's commitment in fast tracking prosecution of graft cases, asked  them to closely monitor EACC's fight against corruption to ensure the country is free from the vice.

"The Judiciary has committed itself to fast track these cases and hold back-to -back hearings as much as possible. We want similar commitments from other agencies and the public, who may be complainants or witnesses," said Mutunga adding that judicial prosecution of cases will be based on quality of investigation supported by law and evidence.

He noted that Judiciary has increased the number of magistrates in the anti-corruption court in Nairobi from 3 to 13 and created an Anti-corruption and Economic Crimes Division of the High Court.

"In the next few days, I will be announcing the presiding judge of that Division," he assured.

He also asked the commissioners to banish the notion that Kenya is an incurable petri dish of corruption, and reclaim the public’s faith in the independence, effectiveness and fairness in public institutions. 

"Be ready for political pressure; unfair smear campaigns; public insults; threats to your life; ethnic baits but you must meet these with unbowed personal principle, commitment to objective truth, and faithfulness to the Constitution," said Mutunga.

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