Thousands of post-election violence rapists went scot-free in Kenya

Over 2,000 sexual and gender-based violence cases that occurred during the 2007/8 post-election violence were never reviewed by a special taskforce established to look into possibilities of prosecuting them, according to the team’s final report. Only 4,000 of the 6,081 case files were reviewed by the taskforce established by the Director of Public Prosecutions and bringing together police investigators, prosecutors and gender experts in 2008, it emerged as a case seeking to compel government action wound to a close. Senior prosecutor Jacinta Nyaboke Nyamosi, who was testifying as the last defence witness in a case filed by eight people who suffered sexual violations during the post-election violence, was hard-pressed to explain why only 150 sexual and gender-based violence case files were considered out of the 900 complaints recorded. The Commission of Inquiry into the Post-Election Violence, chaired by Court of Appeal Judge Philip Waki, received and considered 900 complaints of a sexual and gender-based nature.


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