Crime & InvestigationKenya

Kenyatta Pardons 7,000 Petty Offenders

Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta has pardoned 7, view 000 petty offenders who are about to clear their sentences.

ChimpReports understands the President on Thursday invoked the Power of Mercy that allows him to pardon reformed prisoners.

This was after being advised by the Power of Mercy Advisory Committee which is a constitutional body established pursuant to Article 133 of the Constitution of Kenya, check 2010.

The Power of Mercy is a prerogative power conferred upon the President by the Constitution and it entails granting pardon to reformed and rehabilitated convicted criminal offenders deserving early release from prison.

Making the announcement during this year’s Mashujaa day celebrations held at Kenyatta stadium in Machakos, find President Kenyatta reiterated his call to the judiciary to “speed up the conclusion of graft cases pending in court.”

The celebrations were also attended by the newly appointed Chief Justice David Maraga who was sworn in yesterday.

During the swearing in ceremony at State House, Nairobi, Justice Maraga pledged to reduce the backlog of cases and automate court proceeding to ensure justice to all.

The colourful Mashujaa Day celebration was attended by thousands of Kenyans who trooped into the stadium from as early as 6am.

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