Why CJ Maraga has summoned all senior judges in the country for a meeting today

Chief Justice David Maraga has summoned all senior judges to Nairobi

Chief Justice David Maraga

Chief Justice David Maraga on Friday summoned all senior judges in the country for a meeting at the Milimani Law Courts.

The agenda of the high profile meeting was for the top judges to deliberate on the growing criticism against the Judiciary and handling of corruption cases.

Those who in attendance included Court of Appeal President Justice William Ouko, High Court Principal Judge Justice Lydia Achode, Environment and Land Court principal Justice Samson Odhiambo and Lady Justice Maureen Onyango who heads the Employment and Labour Relations.

CJ Maraga addresses alleged slack in Judiciary

During a two-day National Anti-Corruption Conference at the Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi last week, CJ Maraga openly criticized the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) for not providing enough evidence for convictions.

"We’re not going to win the war against corruption by Friday arrests and I want our police to stop that.

"We’re now sidetracked hearing petitions which ordinarily we should not be hearing so that we focus on actual cases.

"Mr Haji, look at the way you frame cases. You put thirty persons on a single charge sheet and they are represented by thirty lawyers. How long do you think that will take?" he stated.

He added: "A police officer is charged with murder using a firearm. The case is investigated by very senior police officers but when they come to court knowing very well the firearm is central to the case they come with a wrong serial number."

In response President Uhuru Kenyatta urged: "These individuals (suspects) deserve fair trials but nothing more. I am again calling for the Judiciary to ensure that its procedures are not used to protect impunity."

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