Partnership seeks to fight corruption in the Judiciary

Thursday, April 7th, 2022 09:02 | By
Chief Justice Martha Koome.
Chief Justice Martha Koome. PHOTO/File

The Judiciary is set to partner with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to curb graft among judicial officers.

Chief Justice Martha Koome (pictured) said the conduct of a few judicial officers has led to the blanket condemnation of the entire Judiciary.  “Due to the failure to live up to the ideals of ethical conduct at times, we have heard accusations lodged with the Judicial Service Commission and Office of the Ombudsman, both on social media and mainstream media that some amongst us make decisions that are motivated by considerations that are inconsistent with the judicial oath of office,” she said.

Koome was addressing judges at Whitesands Beach Resort in Mombasa yesterday when she officially opened the annual judge's colloquium. The CJ noted that in light of the corruption accusations being levelled against judicial officers, the Judiciary was pursuing the goal of enhancing efficiency, effectiveness, transparency and accountability of its complaint handling mechanisms at the JSC, Ombudsman and EACC. “In addition, we have also partnered with EACC to undertake a thorough systems review of the Judiciary and make recommendations on how to seal loopholes that are being exploited to further corrupt activities.”

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