Uhuru frees up 7,000 petty offenders on Mashujaa Day

President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the release of 7000 inmates serving jail terms on petty offences during the Mashujaa Day celebrations held at Machakos County.

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The president at the same time urged the new Chief Justice David Maraga to speed up cases on corruption to enable culprits “fill the new spaces” in an apparent swipe at senior government officials.

The President also asked the Chief Justice to crack the whip on the anti-corruption cases before courts and jail those he said had been stealing from Kenyans.

“These offenders are those of petty offences such as those accused of stealing chicken and we are now telling the new CJ that there is now space to bring in more people with serious offences like corruption which has turned out to be a big issue in the country,” Kenyatta said.

He was received at Athi River by Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua, as they unveiled, the late Paul Ngei’s statue at the Machakos junction before proceeding for the Mashujaa celebrations.

Cord leader Raila Odinga missed the event as he was said to be away at the United Kingdom.

However, Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka and his Ford-Kenya counterpart graced the event.

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