State Law Office publishes new rules to guide hearing of corruption cases

The State Law Office has published new rules to guide judicial officers in court proceedings.

Saturday March 19 2016

Attorney-General Githu Muigai. The State Law Office has published new rules to guide judicial officers in court proceedings in matters relating to corruption and protected persons.. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Attorney-General Githu Muigai. The State Law Office has published new rules to guide judicial officers in court proceedings in matters relating to corruption and protected persons.. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By STELLA CHERONO
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The State Law Office has published new rules to guide judicial officers in court proceedings in matters relating to corruption and protected persons.

New protection officers have been hired by the Witness Protection Agency, which published the Witness Protection Rules, as part of the government’s initiatives in addressing corruption.

The agency is also expected to decentralise its services to various regions after setting up offices in Mombasa and Kisumu recently.

The move comes as the debate on the Anti-Bribery Bill 2015, which proposes stiff penalties for individuals found guilty of soliciting or receiving bribes, is set to begin at the National Assembly.

The Bill, sponsored by players in the private sector, is intended to curb corruption by the sector while doing business with government.

At the same time, the private sector, through the Kenya Association of Manufacturers’ (KAM), is next week expected to launch the Private Sector’s Anti-Corruption Programme.

NATIONAL SECURITY

The efforts to address the vice is in response to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s call for all citizens to join in the campaign against corruption, noting that corruption is a threat to national security.

The just concluded second review workshop on the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) in Nairobi observed that Kenya has made significant strides after instituting legislation criminalising corruption while undertaking measures to arrest, freeze and seize illicit wealth.

During the first stage of the review, the key areas of concern for Kenya was development and enactment of legislation while the second stage will be focusing on the prevention and asset recovery of illicit wealth.

A survey released recently by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) indicated that 25.3 per cent of Kenyans thought the government was committed to combating corruption through its various activities such as supervision and monitoring of its activities.

Another 19.8 per cent said the President was committed to fighting the vice.

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