Judiciary to fast-track prosecution of corruption cases

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Judiciary to fast track prosecution of corruption cases
Chief justice David Maraga (Centre) lays a foundation on theupcoming Ol Kalau High Court on October 12, 2018.Looking ne is NyandaruaGovernor Francis Kimemia (Second left).
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The judiciary is fast-tracking the prosecution of corruption cases as well as recover stolen loot that will be ploughed back to state coffers to accelerate development of projects.

Chief Justice David Maraga says that conclusion of the cases and recovery of stolen public funds will go a long way in easing the current tax burden on ordinary Kenyans.

“Kenya does not require aid and grants if we use what we collect prudently,” said Maraga urging the police to conduct thorough investigations that will end in prosecution.

He said that the law will be followed to the letter to ensure the cases are concluded and justice served regardless of the status of the culprits.

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He challenged the County and National government officers to shun taking bribes and diversion of public funds.

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“We will fast-track the cases as per the law and recover all stolen money for development,” noted Maraga.

He spoke during the laying of a foundation stone on the Ksh 399 million Ol Kalau High Court.

“The World Bank has funded the project to the tune of Ksh 399 million and that should be done by June 2019,” he said urging the public to ensure the money is put to good use.

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The Ultra-modern four storied building will host eight courtrooms, 12 Magistrate and Judges Offices, the Prosecutors chambers, cells, with a complete ablution block.

Maraga challenged the judiciary staff to adhere to professionalism while executing their mandate to win the confidence of the litigants.

He urged the public to embrace Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms in resolving civil cases especially inheritance and land disputes which were rampant in Nyandarua County.

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The CJ added that the land dispute cases had looped in Kenyans living in the diaspora who have been conned by their relatives promising to buy and develop properties for them.

“We have so many pending succession cases that are recycled as parties insist on appeals. We want to train mediators who will help us resolve these disputes out of court. If ADR is embraced the more than 500 cases pending at the court,” he added.

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