‘They Must Fall’: Kimani Ichung’wa Reveals Gov’t Plans To Combat Corruption In Judiciary
Written by Inka FM on 5 January 2024
National Assembly Majority Leader and Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa has revealed plans by the State to stamp out corrupt officials within the Judiciary.
While acknowledging that the Judiciary has been operating optimally and within the confines of the constitution for the most part, Ichung’wa decried the presence of a small number of corrupt officials within the institution whose corrupt dealings are tarnishing the reputation of the judicature.
“The performance of the judiciary in its entirety is okay but there are challenges. It is not a blanket condemnation of the Judiciary because there are many good judicial officers and the President and I spoke about judiciary officers, not the entire judiciary,” Ichung’wa told the Nation.
“When we say that we shall not just speak about corruption but we shall act, that does not exclude officers from the Judiciary that are corrupt. Those judicial officers shall fall. No one is immune to the fight against corruption.”
Additionally, the Kikuyu MP criticised the corrupt judiciary officers for allegedly overstepping their bounds, suggesting instances of judicial overreach in cases where the government believes proper legal frameworks were established.
He similarly accused the judges of collaborating with cartels to obstruct Kenya Kwanza’s development initiatives.
“It is not just those two cases of Housing Levy and Universal Health Care. Remember the housing one is the matter that is carried in the Finance Act case that is already in court. The court found that there are certain issues that the government or Parliament needed to create better legal anchorage on, especially around the operationalisation of the Act,” he said.
“We advertised for public participation. So is the universal health cover that someone has gone to court to stop regulations of UHC. What else would you call that other than judicial overreach?”
When asked to name the corrupt elements within the Judiciary, Ichung’wa indicated a reluctance to engage in discussions about specific judges or individuals within the arm of government.
“I shall not get into discussing individual judges. I have only stated a fact that there is corruption within the Judiciary just like there could be corruption in other institutions,” he said.
“Anybody within the three arms of government who is engaging in corrupt activities has everything to be afraid of because it will catch up with you, because it will not just be a talk about the fight against corruption.”