Bail and Bond Implementation Committee
The Bail and Bond Implementation Committee (BBCI) is in the process of generating a charter which will be placed at conspicuous places at all police stations in the country, to help accused persons understand their rights in terms of bail and bond.
The Chairperson of the (BBCI), Justice Jessie Lesiit said one of the challenges they face was the vindictive nature of the society, which prefers that those who have allegedly committed crimes are locked up before being heard.
She urged the community to appreciate that the new constitution recognizes the right to bail and bond to accused persons irrespective of the offence committed.
She was speaking on Friday during a press conference at a Nakuru hotel.
Justice Lesiit however, said the judiciary recognizes the danger capital offences suspects, such as robbery with violence and murder, face whenever they are released on bond but said the communities will be sensitized through the media and even barazas to appreciate the constitutional right, which guarantees bail to all accused persons regardless of the offence committed.
She said even judicial officers have had to change their attitude towards those who have committed a capital offence and guarantee them bail as per the constitutional requirement.
Justice Lesiit stated that bails and bonds to arrested and accused persons were not lenience from the judiciary but a right for individual as per the 2010 constitution.
The BBCI was established by the National Council on the Administration of Justice and gazetted in 2015 as the instrument to address the management of bail and bond both by the police and the judicial officers.
Their role includes streamlining the bail and bond process which was found to have many disparities besides unaffordability which leads to congestion of remand facilities in the country.
The BBIC has held a weeklong workshop in Nakuru to deliberate on the new policy and on how to sensitize the public on its implementation.
By Veronica Bosibori