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Is the Judiciary compromised?
By Nickson Bokello | Updated Jan 30, 2020 at 10:56 EAT
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SUMMARY

It now appears as if the Kenyan law is applied selectively and in a discriminatory manner.

The poor and the powerless are seen as the major casualties as the rich and the powerful walk unscratched from what is perceived capital offenses.

Just recently, the country woke up to banners conspicuously pinned on the footbridge of major roads to the city. The message was clearly displayed on how Kenyans are extremely disappointed by the way the judiciary is handling cases in the country.

It now appears as if the Kenyan law is applied selectively and in a discriminatory manner. The poor and the powerless are seen as the major casualties as the rich and the powerful walk unscratched from what is perceived capital offenses.

The judiciary has been in the spotlight over deliberately delaying corruption cases. It’s shocking that since major scandals hit the country, no case is yet to be finalised to its conclusive end, and no culprit is convicted.


The cases take an endless and rather cumbersome approach compared to cases of the poor where they are hurriedly convicted and sentenced. The banners highlighted a case of Akasha brothers whose case here in Kenya had taken around four years to determine and still was ongoing, but in the USA, it took approximately two months to sentence them for twenty-five years.

Kenyans are also angered by the way the judiciary is giving out cash bails and court bonds. It appears the wealthy and mighty are able to secure bails easily compared to the poor and weak.

We have sadly witnessed instances where the politicians are granted pre bails, favourable bail terms, bails even on capital offences like murder, bails in installments, and even those who are unlucky to reach remand are transferred to private hospitals because they feel sick abruptly and suddenly. While the poor face harsh bail terms, denial of bails or, if granted, very high bails that they can’t pay.

We pray for a reformed judiciary that will treat all cases with the fairness and justice they deserve. We hope to live in a society where citizens have the utmost trust in the justice system. Long live Kenya.

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