BY JOAN WNAJIKU,NAIROBI,17TH SEPT 2018-Chief Justice David Maraga has thanked President Uhuru Kenyatta for reviewing the judiciary’s budget and promising more funds.
Speaking on Monday in Kahawa during the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a criminal court said while the Judiciary strives to maintain its independence, it is ready to partner with the other investigative agencies to clear a backlog of corruption cases.
The CJ said following the President’s resolve to crack the whip on graft, cases are increasing daily.
On Friday last week, Uhuru proposed additional funding for the judiciary, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and the office of the Director of Public Prosecution.
“I want to thank the President for putting in a word for us to Treasury and Parliament to enhance our budgetary allocation to deal with corruption cases,” Maraga said.
“The cases will be heard on a day-to-day basis. Suspects have nothing to worry about because the law will be followed. Where there is no evidence, the accused will the acquitted and where there is evidence, we will convict appropriately.”
He said the Judiciary has been experiencing delays in prosecuting criminal cases because the prison services do not present remandees on time.
However, Maraga said they cannot be blamed because they face logistical problems of transporting the suspects to courts.
He said the Kahawa court will be a major milestone in easing congestion in other courts and prosecuting of criminal cases in Kiambu and other areas.
He also said son all minor cases will be decriminalised so that suspects are allowed to perform other duties instead of being taken to prison. He said there was room for correction of inmates character even while of prison especially for minor offenders if proper mechanisms were put in place.