Agency to probe 2008 poll chaos gazettedNAIROBI, Kenya, April 28 – The Multi agency taskforce set up to consider cases arising out of the 2008 post election violence has now been gazetted.
The special gazette notice states that the task force will re-evaluate all the cases arising from the poll chaos and make appropriate recommendations.
“The taskforce shall review reports, publications and judicial decisions that are relevant to the situation and advise on their implementation,” it says.
It shall be headed by Dorcas Oduor as its chairperson who will be assisted by Joseph King’arui as it vice chairman.
“The taskforce will also advise, supervise and guide any investigations that are being undertaken in relation to the post election violence,” the notice went on to state.
It will facilitate prosecution and other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms which include reconciliation, mediation, arbitration and other traditional dispute resolution strategies.
It is also set work in partnership with other agencies with specific skills during the dispensation of its duties.
The terms of reference of the taskforce will further ensure that it in cooperates public participation in all its activities.
The task force was expected to undertake its duties within a period of six months and will hand over its recommendations to the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko by August this year.
According to Tobiko, the 20-member task force is not mandated to salvage the four Kenyans facing charges at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
He says it is the duty of the government to deliver justice to victims and punish direct perpetrators of the violence.
Tobiko stressed that the ICC only deals with individuals charged with the highest responsibility, which leaves out the bulk of the direct perpetrators.
The DPP moreover clarified that it was important for the thousands of victims not participating in the ICC cases to also get justice locally.
Despite the good intentions of the government, he pointed out that there are challenges facing the task force among them being fears by witnesses to give evidence involving the 5,500 cases that are still pending in the local justice system.