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Chief Justice David Maraga Backs Judges Named in Akasha Drug Scandal

Chief Justice David Maraga has responded to reports that some judges have been linked to the drug scandal involving the notorious Akasha brothers.

He stated that the allegations are malicious and are aimed at soiling the reputation of the Judiciary.

A reliable source reported that Maraga called on the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to get the individuals behind the social media campaign.

“We find the reports unacceptable because they have the potential to demoralise the officers and undermine the administration of justice in the country,” read Maraga’s letter to DCI boss George Kinoti.

He noted that the Judiciary does not condone corruption, but to have judicial officers recklessly tarnished was unacceptable.

He explained that Justice Chacha Mwita, who is accused of receiving bribes from Baktash and Abdulsalam Akash, has never worked in Mombasa, Kilifi or Malindi County where their drug trafficking cases were being heard.

“Even his private practice before he joined the Judiciary never took him to those places. We, therefore, find the link to the Akasha case malicious and obviously intended to intimidate the judge and thus influence his decisions in other cases,” the Chief Justice added.

Maraga also defended Justice Dora Chepkwony, mentioning that her role in the Akasha case was very minimal.

According to local media, People Daily, the Akashas linked 13 Kenyans who include four judges, two sitting governors, a top lawyer, and an MP to their narcotic business.

The Akasha brothers will be sentenced on February 1, 2019, on their own guilty plea, which they gave when seeking to earn lenient sentences.

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