Kenya dismisses 4 senior judges to boost judiciary image, prevent violence

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Kenya has dismissed four senior judges as part of reforms meant to boost the image of the judiciary and prevent a repeat of the country's 2007-08 postelection violence.

An independent vetting board announced on Wednesday that the judges, including the head of the Court of Appeal, were unfit to hold office for reasons including lack of integrity, incompetence and a lack of professionalism. Some were accused of accepting bribes during their long careers.

Kenya passed a law in 2011 that authorized the vetting of judges and magistrates at all levels in response to widespread allegations of corruption within the East African country's judiciary. Critics say most of the rot is entrenched at lower end of the system, among magistrates and court clerks.