Deputy President William Ruto’s legal advisor, Korir Sing’oei, has hit out at the offices of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations over their complaints that the Judiciary has not played its part in the war against corruption.
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In carefully-worded op-ed published on Friday, Sing’oei said the failure by DCI Noordin Haji and DCI George Kinoti to secure convictions was as a result of their poor cases.
The lawyer said the Judiciary could only convict based on evidence and challenged the two offices to up their game and play within the rule of law.
Kinoti and Haji recently accused the Judiciary was not doing its part in the war against corruption.
Campaign to discredit Judiciary
“Only when a prosecutor, whose incentives are to secure conviction in each and every case confronts the court with evidence of an accused’s culpability, satisfying legal thresholds ought a conviction to follow."
"Equally, when shoddy investigations are used to found a charge and sustain proceedings, courts, whether ICC, Kenyan or Nigerian, must come out in the name of justice and fairness to pronounce the accused not guilty,” Sing’oei stated.
He raised concern that the campaign to discredit the Judiciary was being done by high-profile unnamed people that he accused of seeking to use the Judiciary to settle political scores.
“It seems odd that a media campaign to attack the Judiciary has been sanctioned; with high profile opeds attacking specific judicial findings as a key tool. Social media has been awash with trending hashtags such as #RogueJudiciary providing a platform to evidence alleged flagrant disregard of the law by courts and calling for judicial reform.”
“Appeal processes to Appellate Courts or Supreme Court are available. There is no reason therefore, to pursue a pogrom to dismantle the Judiciary only because the institution has not provided the quick fixes needed by political actors,” the lawyer added.
Sing’oei is also a partner to Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen at their law firm – Sing’oei, Murkomen, & Sigei advocates.
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