BY ALBERT NYAKUNDI
Litigants in Meru Law courts have accused a magistrate of demanding hefty bribes to give favorable rulings.
Several residents claimed the court is full of ” brokers.”
It is alleged the magistrate had promised to “rule in favor of a plaintiff” in a road traffic case but did not.
A resident who sought anonymity for fear of victimization said the magistrate in court six demanded Sh 300, 000 from his friend through a proxy in July 2019.
It is alleged the Magistrate received the money through one AP officer identified as Kinyua.
Senior Resident Magistrate Evans Mbicha is in- charge of court six in Meru.
A resident alleged Mbicha uses an administration police officer to receive the bribes.
Mbicha has denied the allegations.
“I am in court six. I will come tomorrow with my phone and I will allow you to go through it to confirm. I have never received any money from anyone.” Said Mbicha.
Asked about a police officer whom it is alleged he uses as a proxy to receive the bribe, Mbicha said
“I suspect the officer behind the claims, and he has since been transferred to Nairobi. He is a person of questionable character. He was moved to Nairobi about a month ago.” Mbicha told Hot News on phone.
Meru Law courts registrar only identified as Edward did not respond to our queries.
He did not respond to text messages sent to his phone when sought for comment.
In May 20, 2019 Meru Law court was recognized by the Chief Justice as the best nationally in clearing backlogs.