Ringera fights back

December 9, 2008 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 9 – Kenya Anti Corruption Commission (KACC) Director Justice (rtd) Aaron Ringera has said the commission will appeal against all corruption cases that have been dismissed by the High Court, especially those regarding the infamous Anglo Leasing scandal.

Justice Ringera said the move is the only legal way of expressing discontent in how the Judiciary has handled the cases, which he said has stifled the fight against graft.

He however said the commission’s efforts remain limited by lack of powers to prosecute cases in court.

“Certain decisions have been passed which have prevented the commission from discharging its mandate in respect of the Anglo Leasing contracts,” Justice Ringera said

The former appellate judge, though optimistic to win the war, said that the biggest challenge facing the commission in the war against corruption is lack of enough personnel in the legal circles which has dampened their quest to deal with the vice.

Justice Ringera decried the low numbers of prosecutors at the office of public prosecutions, which he said was less that 60 and the small number of judges which he also put at 60, without leaving out his own docket which he said had slightly over 100 investigators, all of these numbers against 38 million Kenyans.

“The sooner we realise that the legal sector is as much a part of the infrastructure as the road network or the telecommunication network and invest sufficient resources in it, we will continue to complain,” he said.

Meanwhile, the anti graft boss has blamed the political class for politicising the fight saying they have been variously victimised over genuine initiatives.

He cited the case probing the Parliamentary committee on misappropriation of public money a week ago in which the commission sought to recover millions fraudulently paid in allowances.

“It is as if corruption is bad only if somebody else is involved and when you are involved, it is bad. if you are chased, it must be a question of victimisation,” he said.

He was speaking during the making of the international day for anti corruption where he expressed confidence that the fight against corruption will be won.


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