Mwalimu Rachel and Xclusive
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On yesterday's drive show with Mwalimu Rachel and Xclusive, the two discussed the proposal by the Kenya Magistrate and Judges Association and the Kenya Judiciary Staff Association to ban suspects from concealing their faces while in court.

“The Kenya Magistrate and Judges Association and the Kenya Judiciary Staff Association have proposed banning suspects from concealing their faces while in court for security reasons.

This is something that I have always had an issue with, Mwalimu. I have never understood it.

 

It’s only in Kenya where someone goes to court covered with a scarf, wearing a mask or balaclava, looking like a criminal,” Xclusive said.

Mwalimu Rachel shared her opinion, stating that a suspect is innocent until proven guilty, and covering their face in court protects their image from being tarnished, which could impact their professional life if they are proven innocent.

“You are innocent until proven guilty, right? So, for me to be there with my face exposed, knowing I will still need to apply for jobs, human beings will not understand. Even if you are declared innocent, the court appearance can still affect you,” Mwalimu Rachel said.

 

“Everybody will assume you are guilty, so I think that’s why they cover their faces until they are proven guilty. Then, if I am truly guilty, you can publicize my face.”

Xclusive expressed his support for the proposal, stating that suspects should not cover their faces in court for security reasons.

“We honestly need to be serious about security. As a magistrate, you don’t even know who you are charging,” Xclusive said.

Mwalimu Rachel suggested an alternative, saying there are ways around the issue.

“The magistrate can just have a photo of the suspect rather than having them reveal their identity to the public,” she said.