President Uhuru Kenyatta has asked the Judiciary not to protect impunity in the fight against corruption.
Addressing the nation during celebrations of the 55th Mashujaa Day at Nyayo stadium in Nairobi on Wednesday, President Kenyatta decried the courts’ issuance of “ridiculous” bail terms to corruption suspects.
“We will not realise our vision for a better Kenya, for all Kenyans, unless we as a people work together to concur the monster of corruption; it is for this reason that we have deepened the war against corruption.” he said.
“Through the efforts of our investigative agencies and the office of the DPP individuals who may have thought they were untouchable are now facing the full force of the law, those individuals I agree deserve fair trial but nothing more than that. I am calling on the Judiciary to ensure its procedures are not used to protect impunity.”
Through efforts of our investigative agencies & the ODPP, those who may have thought they were untouchable are now facing the full force of the law. They deserve fair trials but nothing more. I am calling on the Judiciary to ensure its procedures are not used to protect impunity. pic.twitter.com/9o0TldcEek
— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) December 12, 2018
His comments came days after senior officials and ex-officials of the Kenya Pipeline Company, the National Cereals and Produce Board and the National Hospital Insurance Fund were freed on bonds and bails after denying various charges.
The president also asked corruption whistleblowers to enlist the support of the media and civil society in unearthing graft cases should the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission fail to do so.