NAIROBI, Kenya, June 17 – The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has announced plans to give prosecutorial powers to top lawyers of a women’s lobby group to help in the prosecution of sex offenders.
DPP Keriako Tobiko said he will give the powers to lawyers of the Federation of Women lawyers in Kenya (FIDA) stating that his office has successfully worked with the lobby group in the past.
He pointed out that top lawyers in the institution will be considered for gazettement as prosecutors.
“I have the mandate to gazette qualified, interested and competent professional as prosecutors,” Tobiko stated when he received FIDA’s new council members who paid him a courtesy call at his office.
He called on the new FIDA Council to forward names of qualified, interested and competent lawyers in their organization to be considered for gazettement as prosecutors.
Tobiko called on FIDA council to ask their members to work closely with State prosecutors in ensuring the needy in society have access to justice.
New FIDA chairperson, Josephine Wambua Mong’are commended the DPP for the continued support and collaboration in handling Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) cases.
Deputy Executive Director (FIDA) Teresa Omondi Adeitan called for partnership in capacity improvement among the police, prosecutors and FIDA members.
The office of the DPP has over 700 hundred prosecutors serving in all the 47 Counties and 17 sub-counties.