ICC’s Fatou Bensouda due in Kenya Monday

October 18, 2012 4:19 pm
Fatou Bensouda will make her maiden visit to Kenya as ICC prosecutor on Monday. Photo/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 18 – International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou

Bensouda will visit Kenya for five days starting Monday.According to communication from her office, her main purpose of the visit is to interact with victims of the 2008 post election violence.

She will be accompanied by Head of the Jurisdiction, Complimentarity and Cooperation Division Phakiso Mochochoko and Shamiso Mbizvo who is Cooperation Adviser.

Bensouda is expected to tour Naivasha, Nakuru and Eldoret which were the main hotspots during the violence in 2008.

On Monday she is expected to brief the media before beginning her five-day visit across the country.

This is the first time that Bensouda is visiting the country as the prosecutor. During her visit, she will also hold meetings with other groups including government officials.

Her visit also comes just a few months before four Kenyans start their trials in April next year.

Speaking at a conference in Nuremberg Germany last week, Attorney General Githu Muigai praised the working relationship between the Kenyan government and Bensouda. The former prosecutor Louis Moreno Ocampo was highly criticised since he started investigations in Kenya in 2009.

According to Muigai, Bensouda has a different approach and workings between the court and the government of Kenya are now improving.

Muigai made his position known when he made a presentation on the progress Kenya has made in ensuring justice following the 2008 post-election violence in Kenya.

Through the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, a task force was established to investigate about 6,000 cases following the violence that left about 1,000 people dead and over 650,000 others displaced.


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