The Star (Nairobi)

9 August 2011

Kenya: Judiciary Should Reward Hard Working Staff,Says Lawyer

Judiciary has been asked to consider introducing a method of rewarding its employees who exceed their work target. A lawyer who is seeking to be hired as a high court judge yesterday told the Judicial Service Commission that it is time the Judiciary embraced performance contracting.

Mutava Joseph Mbalu, who is senior legal officer of the Central Bank of Kenya, said performance contract will make the Judiciary accountable to the public and help restore public confidence in the corridors of justice. The lawyer, who is the third candidate to face the panel, yesterday talked about the magnitude of fraud in the banking sector.

He said corruption is rife because of lack ofsystems to give people incentives. "Lack of system to give incentives to people has contributed to growing crime of fraud because if a bank makes millions of shillings and yet it pays its employees very little then they will be tempted to engage in vice," he said. By yesterday, the JSC had interviewed a total of 105 candidates out of the 115 shortlisted. The interviews which started on July 4 will be concluded on August 10 after which 26 successful candidates will be hired.

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