Gov’t Reopens 2007/08 Post-Election Violence Cases
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Monday, November 23 reopened 2007-2008 post-election violence cases.
DCI boss George Kinoti while addressing the press outside the headquarters told the reporters that the government has instructed his office to ensure victims of the 2007/08 clashes that left at least 1,300 people dead and more than 600,000 internally displaced get justice.
Kinoti spoke after hundreds of the PEV victims flocked the DCI headquarters on Monday to record statements.
The DCI boss stated that they have received reports of victims being threatened afresh adding that the complaints of fresh threats were recorded on September 15.
He revealed that a total of 72 murder cases, 44 land displacement cases,118 of threats and other touching on rape and gender-based violence have been registered linked to the 2007-08 post-election violence.
“We have heard the victims’ cries and complains of emerging threats, and are promising them that they shall not even be scratched on the same account again. We will follow everything you have told us today in regards to the 2007-08 post-election violence ” he said.
“Your security is now on our hands,” he told the victims, asking them to boldly point out those who committed variousc crimes.
Kinoti stated that his detectives will be gathering evidence for court cases and will be pursued locally to their proper ends.
“Arrests were made after 2007/8 chaos but not everyone got to face justice … Criminal cases take time. Some even take 15 years to be prosecuted,” he noted.
“I will defend you. My colleagues have done the drill to bury me. If I have served you well, our souls will meet our maker in heaven,” he said.
“Let them try again. We will follow the truth and we will prepare all the files and we will say this is the person who killed this person, ” he said.
“Very soon you will see the outcome of this event. We will look for them. I know they are waiting for another poll violence to occur.” Kinoti added.