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Former CJ Mutunga faults Babu Owino Bail Terms

Former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has criticised a ruling where a magistrate released Embakasi East MP Babu Owino on a Sh10 million bail, to be paid in instalments.

Dr. Mutunga said there was no law that called for a suspect to deposit bail money, which would at the same time be used to offset a victim’s medical bill.

Addressing students at Kenya Methodist University (Kemu) where he gave a keynote lecture, he said the ruling put the Judiciary on the spot and could erode confidence in the eyes of the public.

The former Chief Justice also said there was grumbling by the public over a seemingly selective war on corruption, citing the multibillion shilling NYS scandal.

Dr Mutunga, however, shielded Mr Ongili from attack by the public, saying every case must undergo trial, despite the evidence.

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Timothy Omondi