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Ruto wrong, TJRC report is the key to peace not chaos by Christine Alai


Deputy President William Ruto’s claim that implementing the recommendations of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission Report would breed “chaos” is an open insult to thousands of victims of gross human rights violations in this country.

His statement is not only shocking and disappointing but also untrue — in fact, it is the failure to implement the TJRC Report that is a sure recipe for “chaos”.

Victims and survivors of gross human rights violations committed by the colonial and post-Independence governments have struggled to secure implementation of the TJRC recommendations since May 2013. Among these are victims of massacres, extrajudicial killings, assassinations, unlawful detention, torture, sexual violence, land injustices and state-sanctioned systematic discrimination based on gender, region or ethnicity.


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Survivors unite, fearing a repeat of rape in upcoming Kenyan election by Joyce J. Wangui

In the violence that rocked Kenya following the disputed elections of 2007, the media reported hundreds of cases of sexualized violence. Jane’s was one of them.

Jane, who asked me to hide her real name, was gang-raped in 2008. Today, she grapples with HIV, trauma, and empty promises of reparation. Her husband was killed in the violence, she says, but his body has never been found. “I need to speak out but I am so afraid of stigma,” she said. “I am tired of hiding in the cocoon of confidentiality. It’s killing me.”

Kenya descended into chaos following the disputed election results of December 2007 in which the incumbent, President Mwai Kibaki, was declared the winner. The verdict was bitterly contested by supporters of his main challenger, opposition leader Raila Odinga. What followed was violence and chaos that led to the deaths of more than 1,000 people and the displacement of around 500,000. The Commission of Inquiry on Post-Election Violence, or the Waki Commission, documented at least 900 cases of sexualized violence against women, girls, men and boys during that time, including “heart-wrenching tales of rape, gang rape, sexual mutilation, loss of body parts, and hideous deaths.” Other reports from advocacy organizations estimated the number to be much, much higher.

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Why sexual violence remains a scourge in Kenya by Lydia Muthiani

Sexual violence remains a scourge in Kenya, with its most prevalent form being defilement. In 2014 alone, there were 6,101 defilement cases, while the number of sexual offences nationally was 13,828. One such case came before Judge Said Chitembwe in Malindi, in an appeal that overturned the conviction of a 24-year-old man alleged to have defiled a girl aged 13. The decision attracted the 2017 Golden Bludgeon Award, an international award created by Women’s Link Worldwide to highlight the positive and negative impacts of judicial decisions on the lives of women and girls. It was picked as the worst judicial decision affecting the rights of women and girls.

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Justice Lacking for Victims of Kenya’s Post-Election Violence by Agnes Odhiambo

Wamuyu told me how she was brutally gang-raped by three men in Busia, western Kenya, during the violence that engulfed Kenya following the disputed presidential election in December 2007. Her husband was murdered in the violence, she says, and her home destroyed. Wamuyu described the physical impact of the rape to me: “My uterus [had to be] removed. My back was damaged, my legs were broken, and I had to walk with crutches for almost three years.”

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Judge shoots to global infamy for shameful verdict

A Kenyan judge who freed a man convicted of defiling a minor has attracted the international spotlight, with his ruling being judged the worst in the world for the past year.

Justice Said Juma Chitembwe, ruled that the child appeared willing to have sex with the defendant.

He, therefore, on April 25 last year, set free Martin Charo, 24, who had been sentenced to 20 years in prison for having sex with a 13-year-old.

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Sexual violence victims call for peaceful elections

Victims of sexual violence in the 2007/08 post-election chaos on Monday called on the government to publish and disseminate a clear code of conduct that will guide any security operations and deployments during the election period to address cases of sexual violence.

Grace Agenda’s Head Jacqueline Mutere said the government should identify potential hotspots, provide additional safeguards including ample security, lighting and hotline numbers as well as access to emergency medical care and treatment.

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Declare sexual violence a national disaster, survivors tell government

Survivors of sexual violence in Kenya want the government to declare the vice a national disaster.

Speaking during a press conference held at the Kenya Comfort Hotel in Nairobi, the survivors said sexual violence has become the single most cruel and steadily growing crime in Kenya.

Its magnitude, they argued, is large with its socio-economic consequences threatening to tear families and communities apart.

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  1. We stand together as survivors of sexual violence in Kenya, having gone through violence in peace and in conflict times. Majority of us have suffered various forms of sexual violence that include rape; gang rapes; forcible circumcision of men; genital mutilation; sexual slavery and enslavement, sexual assault and other forms of sexual violence.
  2. Today, we dare to speak as survivors. For far too long survivors have been on the menu –being a subject of discussion at the table without them being accorded an opportunity to articulate their own issues. Civil Society Organisations have spoken on our behalf for far too long. However, today, we are saying that there is no better person who can speak for the survivor than the survivor himself or herself. There is a depth and integrity to the story when an empowered survivor narrates it. By so doing it can encourage other survivors out there to come out and speak, to prevent, support other survivors and communities realize the gravity of sexual violence.

For more please read: FINAL PRESS STATEMENT – Survivors of Sexual Violence in Kenya

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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