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Mutunga warns private sector against underhand deals

BUSINESS
By | December 1st 2011
By | December 1st 2011
BUSINESS

By Fredrick Obura

The Chief Justice has asked the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) to take action against its members undermining the rule of law and polluting business environment.

Dr Willy Mutunga Mutunga said Kepsa members are guilty of compromising and obstructing the course of justice and thus disrupting flow of current reforms in the judiciary.

He said dishonest businessmen were interfering with the administration of justice with frivolous applications for injunctions that end up wasting the judicial system.

Chief Justice Willy Mutunga: The Judiciary is at the point of implementing various reforms in its system to create a better environment for businesses to operate (Photo:File/Standard)

"I want to challenge the private sector to take a clear and determined stand against its members who, by their very corrupt actions, are undermining the rule of law and environment for good business," he said.

"We are appealing to the community to stop clogging our court systems with unnecessary applications for injunctions that end up wasting judicial system and time," he added.

He said the judiciary was at the point of implementing various reforms in its system to create a better environment for businesses to operate.

In reference to supply of substandard building materials to newly built Milimani Law Courts, Mutunga warned the private sector against underhand deals with the judiciary.

He said the private sector is guilty of doing underhand deals with the judiciary in terms of supply contracts.

"Many have supplied substandard goods and services, as is evident in our current exhibit A of corruption that has become the Milimani Law Courts, you have to reform to help us serve you better," he said.

Kenya Private Sector Alliance members hosted Chief Justice for a breakfast meeting to put forward areas judiciary needs to look at for the creation of an enabling business environment.

KEPSA through Director Leila Macharia asked Judiciary to come up with better policies on the transfer of judges, and further reforms for the industrial courts to enable it handle more complex labor and safety issues.

She asked the judiciary to embrace modern technologies throughout the court system and restructure all registries to eliminate fraud and corruption.

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