Why Justice In Kenya Remains a Preserve Of The Rich  

There was a case where the wife of a jailed journalist gave a court operator Ksh. 20,000 to help the husband on remand in the Industrial Area Remand to be released on bond, the fellow vanished after pocketing the cash

By The Weekly Vision Online

A well-organized cartel comprising of shadowy operators within the corridors of justice have been exposed as the number one stumbling block towards securing justice in the Kenya court system.

The “face-less operators are linked to high profile judges and magistrates and are adept at following through cases where bail or bond has been denied or is too high and who later tell relatives of suspects that “something can be arranged”, our sources have revealed.

Investigations by The Weekly Vision Online revealed that the cartel, using court lawyers and media stringers always manage to meet “interested parties” in hotels or sidewalks where a “deal” is often sealed after money changes hands. And according to our findings, some of the operators are simply “crooks” misusing names of judges to make a quick buck.

According to the “judiciary broker” the judge had agreed to “play ball” if the relatives could raise Ksh. 25,000 and deliver it the next day. The women spoke as they munched boiled maize washed down by steaming tea in a city restaurant

There was a case where the wife of a jailed journalist gave a court operator Ksh. 20,000 to help the husband on remand in the Industrial Area Remand to be released on bond, the fellow vanished after pocketing the cash. In a more recent case, we were privy to a discussion where three suspicious-looking middle-aged ladies met with a man whose jailed relative has been seeking bail for long without success. The official bail put at Ksh. 150,000 was beyond the means of the family.

According to the “judiciary broker” the judge had agreed to “play ball” if the relatives could raise Ksh. 25,000 and deliver it the next day. The women spoke as they munched boiled maize washed down by steaming tea in a city restaurant. The client was footing the bill!

Our undercover source divulged that a “deal of sorts” was later reached with the man, clasping a brown envelope full of documents confessing that he could not go beyond Ksh. 15,000 as he still had children in school and had just paid fees. The women later withdrew to engage in a whispered conversation before returning and agreeing to “persuade” the judge to act with what the “client” was offering.

The Kenyan remand system is full of suspects who have failed to raise hefty cash bail and bond. It is this category of inmates who have become a goldmine for court brokers claiming to have connections with judges presiding over the cases. Little wonder Transparency International describes Kenya’s judiciary as the most corrupt, second only to the police service; they have combined to make seeking justice in the country a very expensive affair indeed.

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