IPOA LAUDS EFFORTS TO FASTTRACK PROSECUTION OF ERRANT OFFICERS

IPOA LAUDS EFFORTS TO FASTTRACK PROSECUTION OF ERRANT OFFICERS

BY IPOA News

Kenyans aggrieved by actions of errant police officers are set to enjoy swift justice following fresh efforts to hasten prosecution process, Independent Policing and Oversight Authority Chairperson Anne Makori has noted.

She referred to guidelines and policies unveiled by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions on July 28, 2020.

“The development and launch of these key policy documents and case management system is an important milestone in easing the processes and procedures inherent in the Criminal Justice System,” said Mrs. Makori.

At present, there are more than 170 case files that are awaiting determination by the ODPP following investigations by IPOA.

Another 75 cases, also investigated by IPOA are at various stages of litigation in courts of law.

“I believe that henceforth, the guiding frameworks will positively impact on the decisions made in the execution of criminal proceedings, quality of prosecutions and enhance prosecutorial accountability,” Mrs. Makori added.

She continued: “As is the accepted international standard, policies, guidelines and institutional frameworks are designed and intended to ensure that jurisdictional assessment procedures and practices bring out specified and desired outcomes in the Criminal Justice System; that is quick, efficient, transparent and information-led decisions before, during and after prosecutions.”

The launch at the Prosecutions Training Institute in Loresho, Nairobi, was presided over by Chief Justice David Maraga.

Already, IPOA has established an electronic interface with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions with the aim of expediting information exchange between the two institutions.

It was also attended by Dr. Fred Matiangí, the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Co-ordination of National Government, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission Chief Executive Office Twalib Barak, Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai, Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji, President of the Law Society of Kenya Nelson Havi and European Union Ambassador Simon Mordue.