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MP calls for fresh vetting of judges and magistrates

31 January 2016, 15:15 Ben Wafula

Bungoma - Kiminini MP, Chris Wamalwa wants Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to carry out 'radical surgery' in the Judiciary to rid of all corrupt officials.

Speaking in Kanduyi during the thanksgiving ceremony of Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang'ula, Wamalwa called for fresh vetting of judges and magistrates to reduce corruption in the judicial system which has denied many Kenyans their democratic rights.

"If the alleged corrupt dealings is anything to go by, all the court officers should be vetted a fresh for the country to have good judges and magistrates who cannot be swayed by money to change rulings. How can a poor person expect to beat a rich one if the judgment is based on the amount of money one spends to corruptly buy justice? We need a corrupt free and fair judicial system," said Wamalwa.

He was reacting to allegations by a whistle blower that supreme court judge, Justice Philip Tunoi had received KES 200 million bribe to rule in favour of the current Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero in an election petition filed by his challenger, Ferdinand Waititu.

"If the Supreme court judges can be bribed, what about the lower court magistrates? Let all the judges and magistrates be vetted once again so we can rid of corrupt court officials who rule in favour of those who have money," he said.

He said that Kenyans had lost faith in courts owing to the fact that a number of judges and magistrates have been sacked for involving themselves in underhand dealings which denies other court users their rights.

"Let JSC crack the whip; we don't want to see corrupt officials running our courts...all we want is fair and free judgments," said Wamalwa.

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