Havi urges Matiang’i, Mutyambai to up their game in cracking murder and forced disappearance cases

Wednesday, June 9th, 2021 08:25 | By
Launch of ODPP Excellence Charter in Nairobi. PHOTO: Fred Matiang'i Twitter handle.

The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) President Nelson Havi has told the Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’I and Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai to empower the Office of Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) to end the runaway cases of assassination and forced disappearance.

Havi says cases of kidnapping have increased in recent times but investigations by police are yet to bring to book the culprits.

He questioned why it is difficult to trace suspects of these heinous acts yet some cases happen where there are surveillance cameras.

Havi challenged the CS and IG to act on their mandate to resolve these cases so that the ODPP can successfully pursue justice for the victims.

“I think in a state where we have a police service is well equipped to investigate crime, we should not be hearing cases of this kind,” he said.

 “If we have surveillance cameras, if we have capacity to detect crime, how is it possible that someone can be picked from Lavington, his car found burnt in Ngong Forest and his body is found disposed off almost 2 kilometers away?” he posed`

The challenge was positively taken by the Interior CS who acknowledged that there is a lot to be done in arresting the increasing rate of crime.

CS Matiang’i admitted that many cases have indeed remained unresolved but said Kenyans should be ready to be part of the change they want.

“Frankly, as a county, we long lost the days of arguments on things that are straightforward that we can see. Let us now adopt a collaborative approach in this issue,” he said.

The CS raised concerns that a majority of criminals operating in societies are known but Kenyans have failed to provide helpful information to the police.

The two spoke during the launch of ODPP Excellence charter on Tuesday.

The charter highlights a roadmap of transforming the ODPP’s office through six key strategic commitments including independence and integrity and lifelong learning. Others include reshaping prosecution, leadership, organisational effectiveness and interagency networks.

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