Plea to try post-poll rape cases locally

Wednesday March 30 2011

Ms Murungi joined the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice (WIGJ) to lobby for justice for Kenyans who were sexually abused during the post-election violence four years ago. Photo/FILE

Ms Murungi joined the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice (WIGJ) to lobby for justice for Kenyans who were sexually abused during the post-election violence four years ago. Photo/FILE 

By NATION REPORTER

Former Truth Team deputy chairperson Betty Murungi on Wednesday called for those accused of sexual violence during the post-election chaos to be tried locally.

“We need to find local solutions to local problems,” Ms Murungi said yesterday during a press conference on gender violence in Africa.

Ms Murungi joined the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice (WIGJ) to lobby for justice for Kenyans who were sexually abused during the post-election violence four years ago.

WIGJ is an international lobby based in The Hague. It advocates for gender justice through the International Criminal Court and works with women most affected by conflicts under investigation by the Court.

Ms Murungi said judicial reforms would strengthen the local courts to give justice to the victims, both men and women.

In early 2009, then police commissioner Mohammed Hussein Ali had constituted an all-female team to investigate rape committed during the post-election violence.

Some 6,000 people could be charged with crimes committed during that period if a court to try them is established in Kenya.