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Bunge la Mwananchi president Francis Awino: Kenyans struggling to get justice stresses

By Winnie Onyando February 24th, 2024 2 min read

Francis Awino, president of the activist group Bunge la Mwananchi, has stressed the ongoing hurdles Kenyans face in their pursuit of justice.

In an interview with Nairobi News, Awino underscored the need for significant strides to be made to achieve a truly just nation.

“Kenya is not yet just,” declared Awino, pointing to numerous unresolved cases that continue to linger, highlighting the existing gaps in the country’s justice system.

“This indicates that we still have a long journey ahead of us to attain justice for all,” he added.

Awino’s remarks come just a few days after the world celebrated International World Social Justice Day 2024, with the theme that posed critical questions about Kenya’s fairness, justice, and equity for all its citizens.

The theme was ‘Is Kenya a fair, just, and equitable country to all? What are Social Justice Actors’ Perspectives?’ The occasion prompted reflection on the nation’s progress towards these ideals.

In response to these challenges, Awino announced Bunge la Mwananchi’s commitment to taking proactive measures.

The movement plans to convene monthly meetings and act as a watchdog, vigilantly ensuring the safety and justice of all individuals within the country.

However, recent events, such as the acquittal of Henry Rotich in the Sh63 billion Arror and Kimwarer dams scandal case last year, highlight the persistent challenges within the country’s justice system.

Corruption scandals involving high-profile individuals have plagued Kenya for decades, from Goldenberg during President Moi’s era to the National Youth Service heists under President Kenyatta’s administration.

Despite some trials, convictions remain elusive, raising questions about accountability and the effectiveness of the justice system.

President William Ruto, Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi, former Cabinet Secretaries Chris Obure, David Mwiraria, and Henry Rotich, former Principal Secretaries Wilfred Karuga Koinange, James Mbui Magari, David Onyonka, Dave Mwangi and Sammy Kyungu are some of the top public officials and politicians that had their turn in the dock.

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