Court orders must be verified by AG before police action, says Matiang’i

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Interior CS Fred Matiang’i has said police will not act on court orders that have not been verified by the Attorney General.

Speaking on Wednesday, the minister warned the public to be wary of fake court orders.

“We are very careful about evictions and how police will be involved in executing court orders,” the CS said.

“We will respect and obey court orders. They should, however, be verified by the AG.”

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However, Matiang’i said the decision does not encourage officers to disregard the directives.

“Where land is involved, we will require now written confirmation from the Lands Ministry. The President’s moratorium on evictions is still in force, even during the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

Chief Justice David Maraga said on Monday that the Judiciary is working towards integrating court and land registries to enhance quick verification of documents submitted as security for bail and bond applications.

“This effort should be expanded to include the possible integration and sharing of all information required across the criminal justice chain,” Maraga said.

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