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Traffic offenders spared ‘cell time’ in new rules

Under the directive, CJ Mutunga says that no accused person in traffic cases should be locked up in cells without first being granted time, place and adequate facilities to pay fines and bail/FILE

Under the directive, CJ Mutunga says that no accused person in traffic cases should be locked up in cells without first being granted time, place and adequate facilities to pay fines and bail/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 3 – Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has directed all traffic courts to process any payment for traffic offences in open court in a bid to curb continued rampant corruption in the sector.

Under the directive, CJ Mutunga says that no accused person in traffic cases should be locked up in cells without first being granted time, place and adequate facilities to pay fines and bail.

The new rules will be implemented immediately, with CJ Mutunga urging heads of police stations and presiding magistrates in such cases to fight corruption cartels in court corridors and cells.

“Failure to comply will attract sanctions,” he warned.

CJ Mutunga has also asked Kenyans to report any magistrate who fails to comply for appropriate action to be taken.

The traffic department is usually under sharp criticism over corruption allegations which CJ Mutunga hopes to address with the new measures put in place.

Other measures have earlier been adopted like use of mobile courts to fine traffic offenders.

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