, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 11 – Members of the HIV/Aids tribunal have vowed to ensure victims’ rights are protected as enshrined in the Constitution.
After they were sworn into office by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga, they said they will ensure that cases filed by HIV/Aids victims are expedited for them to get justice.
“The tribunal was created according to the provisions of the HIV and Aids Prevention and Control Act. It is based on the theory that some of the victims may not be amenable to the jurisdiction of the ordinary court,” the tribunal chairman Jotham Arwa explained.
He further said the tribunal was going to provide a friendly manner to deal with HIV/Aids and also to, “provide a more resource friendly institution that can deal with such cases.”
“What we intend to do is not only to deal with reported cases, we want to develop the law in the area of HIV/Aids so that the public health environment is more friendly to the protection of rights of people living with the disease,” he revealed.
The other members of the tribunal are Mercy Mwarah, Mohammed Noor Kullow, Prof Julius Muasya Kyambi, Angelina Siparo and Joe Muriuki.
All of them will serve in the tribunal for three years.