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BY UPESI NEWS TEAM NAIROBI,NOV 16,2016-Chief Justice David Maraga says he will collaborate with the anti-corruption watchdog and the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to fight corruption in courts.
Judge Maraga on Wednesday said the fight against corruption would form a significant part of his transformation agenda, and that he is determined to succeed.
“We must have a plan that should be subject to continuous monitoring and evaluation. Each institution must take responsibility for its performance and the culture of buck-passing must end. We must ruthlessly hold each other accountable,” he said
He was addressing a meeting of the National Council on the Administration of Justice at the Stanley Hotel in Nairobi.
To stop cases from disappearing in courts, Justice Maraga said he had instructed the Anti-Corruption Court to create an electronic master cases dataset and will be used to help track their status.
“I am asking the EACC and the DPP to collaborate with the judiciary in this project so that any of these agencies can click and know the status of any case at any one time,” he said.
Further, he asked the office of the DPP to improve on the quality of investigations and prosecution to avoid cases failure.
“I have asked our judicial officers to make commentary on cases of this nature so that the blame can lie squarely where it should,” he said.
The president of the Supreme Court said the judiciary had gazetted the High Court Division, increased number of magistrates and started back-to-back hearings to reduce case backlog.
“All these measures are beginning to show results as indicated by the 17 convictions EACC has registered this year alone – the highest number of convictions in any single year since EACC was formed,” he said
Additionally, he said is already holding discussions with judges on injunctions, case delays, frequent adjournments, poorly considered decisions on bail, bond and sentencing – issues that have exposed the courts to abuse by the corrupt.
From next month, Justice Maraga said he would officially launch the High Court Division, issue rules of that court and gazette wide ranging practice directions, which will also eliminate forum shopping.
He will also initiate a daily anti-corruption court bulletin to show who is responsible for what among many others.
On the next year’s General Election, he called on the court users to coordinate in order to ensure fair, peaceful and credible election.