President Ruto: We will stop lawlessness, allow independence in institutions

President William Ruto has pledged to put an end to lawlessness in the country by allowing independent institutions to work without interference.

During Mashujaa Day celebrations, Ruto said the government had made personnel realignments in the security agencies in order to expedite the achievement of his administration’s objectives, which included cattle rustling, violent criminals, bandit attacks, and terrorists.

Ruto said his move to actualize the National Police Service’s financial autonomy was to rapidly conclude investigations to a standard that can support effective prosecution and achieve conviction.

“The independence of the National Police Service is essential for its institutional credibility and efficiency, citizen safety and welfare, and effective maintenance of law and order,” Ruto said.

Ruto said a professional police service ought not to resort to disastrous policies like extra-judicial murder as part of policing.

‘I believe we can keep this country safe and secure without tormenting our people. We can efficiently and effectively suppress crime, monitor, disrupt and apprehend criminals without abducting, torturing, killing or causing citizens to disappear,” he said.

Judicial independence

President Ruto also justified his decision to increase budgetary allocation to the judiciary, claiming that it was intended to allow the institution to invest in infrastructure and facilitate the recruitment of more judges in order to increase access to justice.

Ruto stated that the institutional independence of the judiciary must be maintained at all times, and that the independence of judges must be preserved as a bare minimum of respect for the rule of law.

“A well-resourced, independent, impartial and thoroughly professional judiciary is indispensable for good governance, law and order, and is also essential for financial sustainability, transactional effectiveness and business competitiveness,” he said.

Accountability of public servants

The head of statesaid he was committed to fighting corruption and his administration would demonstrate its commitment to zero tolerance for corruption by holding all public servants accountable and submitting to the oversight of Parliament and other constitutionally mandated institutions.

“We are committed to the rule of law, fidelity to constitutional due process and implementation of judicial decrees and orders. Most critically, under my Administration, there shall be no interference with, or any attempts to control, direct or undermine independent institutions, including those in the justice, law and order sector,” he said.

The National Police Service, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Judiciary, and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, according to Ruto, must perform their jobs independently and competently, while also being subject to scrutiny by appropriate agencies.

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