By Rose Welimo/Samson Kitavi
Chief Justice Dr. Willy Mutunga has defended the judiciary over graft allegations saying majority of his officers are not corrupt as perceived by the public.
While defending a section of judges, magistrates and other officers against graft allegations, Mutunga said the judiciary has been at the forefront in the fight against the vice for years.
“The vast majority of judges and magistrates have no integrity issues at all. They continue to serve with distinction and professionalism. These hard working officers must not be tarred by the same brush of corruption,” said the CJ.
Dr. Mutunga added that only 3 judges out of 143 in the country are facing corruption allegations, 50 magistrates among 450 have been accused and only 65 staff out 4000 are facing corruption allegations.
Mutunga says the Judiciary has been consistent in dealing with graft cases having established an elaborate anti-corruption and integrity infrastructure that is yielding fruits.
Speaking at the Limuru Magistrates court during the launch of the Magistrates and Kadhis courts Registry manual, Mutunga highlighted the gains made by the judiciary. He said case backlog has been reduced by over 50pc from over 1 million cases to below 500,000.
The Chief Justice has urged the public ho have confidence in the judiciary.
Elsewhere, the term of the current Constitution Office holders will not be affected under the new Government policy that seeks to reconstitute independent commissions.
Attorney General Githu Muigai says the new policy which takes effect next year will only be applicable to constitutional office holders who will be sworn into office under the new guidelines.
The new policy seeks to recruit constitutional commission office holders on a full or part time basis as well as collapse some of the commissions in an effort to reduce wage bill and ensure efficiency.
The government has been in dilemma as it seeks to find the best formula to reduce duplication of roles by the various independent commissions amid suggestions that the commissions be collapsed into one or two entities.
The government’s quest is partially informed by the huge wage bill accrued by the various commissions, a challenge that has seen it mull re-constituting the commissions with an aim of reducing the number of its commissioner by next year.
According to the AG, the restructuring will not affect the current commissioners whose term ends in 2017.
Among the commissions which have closed shop after their life ended is the Charles Nyachae led commission for the implementation of the constitution.
The AG was speaking in his office after receiving a report from the Kenya Law Reform Commission on the review of the societies Act.