Courts are hindering DPP’s mission to prosecute criminals, tweeps say

Kenyans on Twitter have accused the judiciary of hindering the prosecution of criminals by terminating their cases or giving them a light penalty.

Scandals involving the National Youth Service, Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu, the Kenya Pipeline Company, Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu, Pastor James Ng’ang’a, Gakuyo and Maize were some of the cases mentioned by the tweeps.

One of the tweeps, Kevin Munyui, cited the NYS scandal where the Ngirita family and other suspects were released on a Sh1 million cash bail. They had been linked to the loss of Sh469 million in the government-owned organisation.

Tweeps also complained about the Neno Evangelism Center, James Ng’ang’a case where chief magistrate Godfrey Oduor ruled that he had no case to answer.

Ng’ang’a had been accused of causing the death of Mercy Njeri through dangerous driving on Naivasha-Nakuru highway on July 2015.

Another case that caught Kenyans’ attention was the maize scandal where the former Agriculture PS DR Richard Lesiyampe was released on Sh3 million cash bail. After being set free by the court, the PS admitted to theft.

“People are saying that I have stolen, so what if I have? If I stole I did so from the enemies,” Lesiyampe was quoted saying in a video.

Before his release, the former Agriculture PS and other suspects had been accused of conspiring to defraud the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) of Sh468.9 million.

The scandals were brought to light after Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich and his PS Kamau Thugge were released on Tuesday on a cash bail of Sh15 million. This is after being charged with committing illegalities in the awarding of the Arror and Kimwarer dams tender. This led to the loss of Sh19 billion.

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