The post-election violence (PEV) in Kenya from December 2007 to February 2008 echoed the outbreaks of violence that have followed national elections since the multi-party system was established in the Kenya in 1991. In 2007-2008, the violence was ignited by allegations of election fraud. The main opposition party, the Orange Democratic Movement, had been successful in the parliamentary vote, and its presidential candidate Raila Odinga was showing a lead of a million votes towards the end of the vote count. But in the last few hours of vote counting resulted in an apparent victory for the incumbent President Kibaki of the Party of National Unity. Violence took place in many regions of Kenya and as yet, few perpetrators have been held to account.

A Commission of Inquiry, ‘the Waki Commission’ officially The Commission of Inquiry on Post Election Violence (CIPEV), was established by the Government of Kenya in February 2008 to investigate the PEV. The 529 page report states 653 women were treated at Nairobi Women’s Hospital for sexual abuse, of which 524 were victims of rape and defilement. The report noted the involvement of state security agents in the sexual violence.

The report is a public document and can be accessed here

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