DPP names team to hasten poll violence cases

February 9, 2012 1:44 pm


Kenyans running for dear lives during 2008 violence/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 9 – The Director of Public Prosecutions has now stepped in to fast track cases involving the 2008 post election violence, four years down the line.

The DPP on Thursday named a 20-member multi-agency taskforce to audit all ongoing investigations and the progress of the cases that are currently before courts in the country.

It is to be headed by Senior Deputy Prosecution Counsel Dorcas Oduor.

“The team is mandated to undertake a countrywide review and evaluation of all post election-related cases pending under investigations and those under trial,” a statement by Keriako Tobiko states.

It will also review any report, publication and judicial decisions relevant to post election violence with a view to ascertaining whether additional suspects should be investigated.

Members of the team are drawn from the DPP’s office, the police, the Justice Ministry as well as from the AG’s chambers. Officials from the Witness Protection Agency are also represented.

The DPP’s office is represented by Zachary Omwenga, Alexander Muteti, Peter Kiprop, Geoffrey Obiri, Benjamin Limo, Mary Wang’ele, Catherine Kithikii and Terru Kahoro while the AG’s office is represented by Joseph King’agrui and James Maringa while the ministry of justice has Emily Chweya and Sebastian Mutinda.

The head of investigations at the CID Mohamed Amin and Lillian Kiamba also from the CID will represent the police.

The Witness Protection Agency has nominated Lillian Obuo and Armstrong Shikuku to sit in the committee whose secretariat will include Lucy Muhuni, Victoria Njoha, Martin Kiogora, Isaac Bwogo and Moses Cheche.

“By a copy of this letter, the chairperson is directed to convene the first meeting of the Inter-Agency Taskforce,” Tobiko said in a letter sent to relevant government ministries.

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The letter indicates that the team will also look into the concluded cases of the post-election violence as well as any report and judicial decisions to the poll chaos cases.

The team is supposed to come up with a report which will guide any police investigations into the more than 5,000 cases that Attorney General Githu Muigai announced are still pending under investigation.

“The taskforce may liaise with any government agency/institution in carrying out its mandate or in furtherance of its mandate,” a letter outlining the team’s terms of reference states in part.


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