Sus­pects use wealth to threaten us – pros­e­cu­tors

East African As­so­ci­a­tion of Pros­e­cu­tors pres­i­dent Ke­ri­ako To­biko says they have been for­got­ten in terms of re­mu­ner­a­tion and se­cu­rity

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Ministries/judiciary - GE­ORGE MURAGE @TheS­tarKenya

Pros­e­cu­tors in East Africa say they are un­der im­mense threat from drug and cor­rup­tion king­pins.

Un­der their um­brella body the East African As­so­ci­a­tion of Pros­e­cu­tors, they said this is hurt­ing their work.

The pros­e­cu­tors said sus­pects use their wealth to sub­vert jus­tice.

This came up dur­ing the on­go­ing EAPP an­nual con­fer­ence at the Great Rift Val­ley Lodge, Naivasha. Delegates from six coun­tries are in at­ten­dance.

The as­so­ci­a­tion launched its strate­gic plan and ad­mit­ted South Su­dan as a new mem­ber, join­ing Kenya, Uganda, Tan­za­nia, Rwanda and Bu­rundi.

EAPP pres­i­dent Ke­ri­ako To­biko said for years, pros­e­cu­tors have been for­got­ten in terms of re­mu­ner­a­tion and se­cu­rity. The Kenyan Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Prose­cu­tions said there is an ur­gent need to im­prove the wel­fare of pros­e­cu­tors and their work en­vi­ron­ment.

“Pros­e­cu­tors are un­der threat due to the na­ture of their work and are be­ing forced to share pub­lic ser­vice ve­hi­cles and even es­tates with the drug king­pins they are prose­cut­ing,” he said.

To­biko said in Kenya, the multi-agency or­gan­i­sa­tion has frozen prop­erty worth bil­lions of shillings be­long­ing to cor­rup­tion sus­pects ad­versely men­tioned in the Na­tional Youth Ser­vice saga.

“The sus­pects are us­ing the crime pro­ceeds to bribe their way out, sub­vert in­ves­ti­ga­tions and com­pro­mise ju­di­cial process,” he said. To­biko ex­pressed con­cern over the rise in wildlife crime in East Africa and de­mand for wildlife prod­ucts.

“We are get­ting co­op­er­a­tion from the re­gion’s coun­tries, but coun­tries like Thai­land and Malaysia, where wildlife tro­phies are be­ing taken, have re­fused to work with us,” he said.

His Tan­za­nian coun­ter­part Biswalo Mganga said they have frozen and re­cov­ered as­sets worth Sh164 bil­lion from sus­pects in­volved in wildlife crime.

‘WE HAVE LEARNT SUS­PECTS USE CRIME PRO­CEEDS TO BRIBE THEIR WAY OUT, SUB­VERT PROBE AND COM­PRO­MISE JU­DI­CIAL PROCESS’

/GE­ORGE MURAGE

DPP Ke­ri­ako To­biko and his Bu­run­dian coun­ter­part Sil­vestre Nyandwi dur­ing the East African As­so­ci­a­tion of Pros­e­cu­tors’ an­nual con­fer­ence at the Great Rift Val­ley lodge in Naivasha yes­ter­day

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