Raila faults Judiciary for undermining graft war

Opposition leader Raila Odinga now claims the Judiciary is becoming an impediment to the war against corruption.

Odinga observed that the Judiciary was a major stumbling block in the fight against graft as majority of the officers have conspired with the culprits to ensure they defeat the systems of justice.

He faulted the Judiciary over the manner in which they were releasing graft suspects on bail.

Speaking Thursday at the University of Nairobi during a public lecture on bridging the inequality gaps in East Africa sponsored by Ford Foundation, Raila said Kenya should take the cue from the developed world where the corrupt are dealt with fearlessly.

He said the Kenyan Judiciary system was not active in the war against graft like other systems of justice across the world.

The ODM leader also said the manner in which culprits were presenting themselves as being unfairly targeted by society after being released on bail was a major issue that was hindering the fight against graft.

The opposition chief said the nation will not develop if those entrusted with public funds are allowed to go into a looting spree undeterred.

The former PM noted that allowing public servants facing graft charges to return to work paves way for them to interfere with the evidence that can implicate them.

His sentiments resonated with the Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji who has been pushing to have public servants charged in court suspended from their offices to allow for proper investigations.

Meanwhile, Raila has called on Kenyans to apply for the new e-passport ahead of the August 31 deadline.

Through his twitter account, the ODM leader announced that he had visited the immigration department office accompanied by his wife Ida, and proceeded to get the new E-passport.

He called on all Kenyans to get the e-passport, saying that no society has ever developed as an island and Kenyans must travel, trade, exchange ideas and learn from each other in order to grow.

He further urged all Kenyans to apply for the passport in time to avoid the last-minute rush.

To acquire the new generation passport, a user is expected to submit the online application forms, three copies of the invoices, their original identity card as well as a copy, their old passport and a copy, three passport size photos, and a copy of a recommender’s ID card.




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