State lawyer arrested over bribery

July 16, 2011 6:31 am
Sheria House/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 15 –  A state counsel was arrested on Friday at the State Law Offices at Sheria House, on claims that he sought for a bribe from a member of the public two days ago.

Speaking during a press briefing, Government Spokesperson Dr Alfred Mutua said he was informed by a woman who alleged that she was asked, by the arrested officer, to part with a fee to release a court document.

“She was told that unless she parted with Sh2,000, the state counsel with her file would not release the court order she needed to execute the judgment in her favour.  Apparently this was the norm.”

“I immediately contacted the CID and Kenya Anti Corruption Commission, who came to my office, met the lady and laid a trap to capture the suspected officer,” he added.

The officer has since been released on Sh20,000 cash bail and is expected to appear at the Milimani Law Courts next Tuesday.

Dr Mutua added that based on the number of documents the officer signed on a daily basis it was speculated that he could have made Sh300,000 a week.

He said it has also become common practice for individuals to pay for police abstract forms in certain parts of the country.

“It is becoming common knowledge that even to get a P3 form in some areas of this country you actually have to issue a bribe. You can actually buy a P3 form which is already signed and stamped,” he said.

Dr Mutua asserted that such acts of corruption are what continue to make Kenya a very expensive place to do business and will not be condoned at any level of government.

He further urged Kenyans to report corruption incidents to the necessary authorities.

“If you know that someone is asking you for a bribe, please come and talk to us. We will work with you and the CID to entrap the corrupt individual. People need to realise that this is a new Kenya and wananchi will not tolerate corruption.”



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