Equip anti-graft courts to succeed, not fail
Judge Paul Kihara was right yesterday when he called for the strengthening of the anti-corruption courts to surmount technical and technological challenges.
They concern the hearing of cases to the end in the shortest time possible and the digitisation of the courts.
Kihara spoke at the State House Summit on Anti-Corruption and Accountability.
Using ICT will fast track the hearing of cases and remove the ridiculous backlogs designed specifically to defeat the cause of justice.
Kenya would do well to emulate Britain, where once a case gets started at the High Court or Old Bailey, it really starts and can proceed even without the availability of the accused.
In Kenya, the accused can even go globetrotting and delay a case for years on end.
In Egypt, former President Hosni Mubarak was wheeled into court in his hospital bed.
Not turning up for court cases is very disruptive. In too many graft cases in Kenya, it is calculated to be exactly that.