Why Top lawyers are celebrating the jailing of Gakuo

Gakuo's jailing sign of hope

Lawyers Donald Kipkorir and Nelson Havi expressed their renewed confidence in Kenya’s judicial system following the rare ruling, which saw top Government officials sentenced to three years in prison.

Gakuo and former local government PS Sammy Kirui were found guilty of irregularly purchasing cemetery land in Mavoko area for a whopping Sh283 million.

In a tweet, Mr. Kipkorir said that the ruling gave him hope and despair in equal measure.

"Hope that finally, we are fighting corruption, but Despair that corruption has tainted even our icons," he said.

At the same time, Mr. Havi noted that the ruling should be used as a premise to convict others senior officials linked to corruption cases in the country.

"The conviction and sentencing of public officers who stole public funds during the reign of Mwai Kibaki is a good step forward in the fight against corruption.

"The theft in Uhuru Kenyatta’s first term must be dealt with in a similar manner but speedily, as it dwarfs the former," he said.

On Tuesday Gakuo and Kirui were handed Sh1 million fine on top of the jail sentence.

Also found guilty was former Secretary to defunct Nairobi City Council Mary Ngethe and then tender committee chair Alexander Musee - they were also jailed for three years and fined Sh52m and Sh32m respectively.

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