Equip anti-graft courts to suc­ceed, not fail

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

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.

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