- Justice lobby group petition CJ over rampant corruption at Sotik law courts.
- Former Bomet Governor the late Joyce Laboso informed the CJ during his tour of the county, public outcry over the manner in which cases were being handled in Sotik law courts.
- Mr Benard Kipruto Ngeno said some police officers in Sotik and Konoin sub counties are forced to take their cases to be processed at the Bomet law courts.
Chief Justice David Maraga has been petitioned to transfer judicial officers serving at Sotik law courts in Bomet County over alleged corruption.
Mr Benard Kipruto Ngeno of the Sotik sub-county transparency and justice lobby group states in a petition to Mr Maraga who is the President of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) that corruption was a major impediment to the delivery of justice at the law courts.
“The corruption menace involves the court, prosecution, lawyers and probation officers. Some of the staff openly solicit for bribes so they can influence outcome of court cases,” says Mr Ngeno.
He claims that the cartel has been operating at the court for the last three years and pleas by litigants on the matter to both the Criminal Investigations Department and Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission have gone unheeded.
“We appeal to you (Maraga) to restore justice and fairness at Sotik law courts that has even forced some police officers in Sotik and Konoin sub counties to take their cases to be processed at the Bomet law courts where they feel the cases would not be influenced by money changing hands,” states Mr Ngeno.
The petition comes five months after Justice Maraga was informed by former Bomet Governor the late Joyce Laboso during a tour of the region that there was public outcry over the manner in which cases were being handled in Sotik law courts.