9 August 2018

Kenya: David Maraga Opposes Adjournments of Graft Cases

Chief Justice David Maraga has said that requests for adjournments in prosecution of corruption cases will only be granted in special circumstances, so that they are finalised quickly.

Mr Maraga called on Kenyans to ensure that those breaking the law are brought to account.

"We cannot have corruption cases go on for years; read the public mood," he said on Thursday during the Annual Law Society of Kenya (LSK) Conference at Leisure Lodge Beach Resort in Diani, Kwale County.

The theme is "The Rule of Law and Contested Constitutionalism in Post 2010 Kenya: Promises, Progress, Pitfalls and Prospects".

He further said the cases will be dealt with daily and suspects will only be acquitted if there is no sufficient evidence.

Justice Maraga commended the country's top leadership for being committed to the fight against graft.

"Unless Kenyans of goodwill rise and say no to impunity, economies of other countries will prosper while ours go down," he observed.

FUNDS

Additionally, Mr Maraga said the Judiciary should be allocated at least Sh5 billion for development annually.

He laughed off Parliament's move to allocate it Sh50 million for growth despite it being a government arm.

He also said the Judiciary requires more support staff.

Mr Maraga defended the Sh5 billion request, arguing it will facilitate the construction of 10 modern courts annually.

"We have challenges of office space. We are supposed to recruit Court of Appeal and High Court judges and magistrates, but we don't have places for them to sit," he said.

BUDGET CUTS

He urged the Executive, media, lawyers and other judicial officers to act as watchdogs of the rule of law.

On Wednesday, LSK President Allen Gichuhi called for the establishment of a Judiciary fund that will cushion it following a budget cut.

Mr Gichuhi said that the two-year window for the creation of the fund has elapsed with no progress being seen.

"It is only 0.4 per cent which was allocated to the Judiciary. If the fund had been established, it would have cured the situation. We hope more funds will be increased in September during the supplementary budget," he said.

He added the LSK had written to Parliament, Senate and the Council of Governors on the adverse impact of the budget cut.

Justice Maraga recently said more than 40 projects will be stalled following the cut.

The Judiciary submitted a budget request of Sh31.2 billion for 2018/2019 but Parliament slashed it.

Kenya

Kipchoge Keino Spared as Plea Deferred

A magistrate court has postponed athletics legend Kipchoge Keino's plea taking until the Director of Public Prosecution… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2018 The Nation. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 600 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.