, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 29 – Kenya has been challenged to work closely with other countries in the world, more so on areas revolving around the criminal justice system.
Markus Green from the Conference of the Western Attorneys General based in the United States says cases of human trafficking, trans-boarder corruption among other crimes, can only be effectively addressed through a common approach.
Green was speaking at Strathmore University on Thursday during the oral advocacy skills training for legal officers and law students, where he identified meagre resources as the main challenge facing criminal justice system, to allow frequent training on the ever revolving cases of crime in the world.
“One of the most tangible aspects of the programme is the exchange of information in respect to human trafficking. We are able to learn human trafficking issues that are occurring in Africa that we have not seen in the US,” he said during an interview with Capital FM News.
A good system has to be complemented by consistent training that encourages transparency during investigations.
He said through the Western Attorneys General-Alliance African Partnership, “there has been true exchange of ideas.”
On the lack of resources, he said it can be partly be overcome through “smart” prosecution.
Among the legal loopholes identified include on how the war on human trafficking is approached.
In most cases, it was established, the victims are punished instead of the culprits a case in Kenya where they are charged in court for being in the country illegally.
Kenya’s Attorney General Githu Muigai hailed the training saying it, “provides for lawyers in terms of building oral advocacy skills is useful not only for those already in the legal profession but also to the lawyers in the making, preparing for a career practicing at the bar.”