DPP’s office prosecuting 75 election related cases

August 18, 2017 4:12 pm
105 prosecutors were trained prior to the election/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 18 – Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko says his office is currently prosecuting 75 cases, involving 85 individuals, arising from last Tuesday General Election.

In his report on the August 8 election offences, Tobiko says 24 of the suspects are IEBC officials, 59 are non-IEBC officials and two are politicians who double up as government officials.

In a breakdown of the cases, the DPP said 17 of the cases involve bribery allegations, 19 carry the charge of failure to perform official duty and only one is a murder case.

Other cases Tobiko is prosecuting include three cases of impersonation, 10 cases of possession of ballot papers while the remaining 20 cases carry other charges.

In March this year, Tobiko named 105 Prosecutors who he mandated to handle election offences. He also accorded the team with a full-fledged secretariat and a 24-hour call centre.

The officers were appointed to handle electoral offences, hate speech and incitement to violence cases as political campaigns entered the homestretch.

Tobiko at the time, said he had established a framework for inter-agency collaboration between his office, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, IEBC and the National Cohesion and Integration Commission for effective detection, investigation and timely prosecution of election offences.

“The DPP assures members of the public that his office has put in place election preparedness measures aimed at ensuring that all cases of criminal nature will be dealt with effectively and suspects brought to account to ensure a secure environment for a free, fair and peaceful election,” Tobiko said in statement.


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