The Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) has teamed up with the Judicial Service Commission to identify and seal loopholes which expose the Judiciary to corruption.
The anti-graft body, whose other mandate is to prevent corruption, is set to carry out a review of the Judiciary’s systems, focusing on policies, procedures and practices. The review will identify loopholes which make the system prone to corruption, and advice on ways to seal them to ensure prevention.
EACC Chairperson Eliud Wabukala described the process as preventive, not investigative. “The reviews will assist in the identification of corruption loopholes and inefficiencies, and designing organizational policies and procedures which promote integrity and ethical practices in the workplace,” he said.
The EACC Chairperson said that the Commission will provide recommendations aimed at strengthening the work methods, systems, policies and procedure in the Judiciary, saying that this “will go a long way in promoting ethical behaviour and efficiency in service delivery.”
Chief Justice Martha Koome said that the exercise will go a long way to restore and enhance public trust and confidence in the Judiciary. She said that there has been a perception within our country that the Judiciary has not gotten rid of corruption within the institution’s systems and operations. This, she said, has led to a lingering perception leading to a low public confidence and trust in the Judiciary.
Corruption prevention is part of the wider EACC’s mandate, an area which has increasingly come into focus as crucial in the fight against corruption. The EACC has so far carried out systems reviews in both National and County Government institutions, as well as in agencies such as parastatals.