The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) and International Justice Mission (IJM) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at broadening and improving services by public prosecutors.
The MoU which was signed on Friday is also aimed to ensure that the ongoing activities have a national impact through public awareness initiatives and sustainable knowledge transfer through institutionalization of training and capacity building initiatives.
DPP Jane Frances Abodo signed on the behalf of the Office of the DPP, while IJM was represented by the Country Director, Wamaitha Kimani.
The MoU is also intended to increase the public’s confidence in the Office of the DPP through IJM supporting social accountability mechanisms and community awareness outreaches in areas of high prevalence of Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) and areas with notorious SGBV practices.
The partnership will lead to improved service delivery and will build legitimacy and trust in the criminal justice system to deliver accountability and deterrence to perpetrators of violence against women and children.
It will also provide support to the ODPP to initiate, develop, adopt, and implement best practices for effective and efficient response to cases of intimate partner violence against women and sexual violence against children.
According to Abodo, this partnership will also support the ODPP to develop and operationalize the Prosecutor Training Academy among other initiatives.
“Response to Sexual Gender Based Violence should be wholesome. There is an angle of sensitizing the public to prevent offending and re-offending which ought to be effected. IJM is coming in to break the cycle by ensuring that the public is sensitized on the ills of SGBV and violence against children,” said the Ms Abodo.
On the other hand, Wamaitha Kimani, in acknowledging the unique place of prosecutorrs in the criminal justice sector, celebrated the opportunity to harness data, emerging trends and best practises in order to strengthen criminal justice response to violence against women and children.
“The prosecutor wields great power; with their pen they determine who is charged, the charges that are preferred, the experience of victims through the justice journey, and finally they submit to the court on the sentences to be meted. This makes them critical actors in the protection of the vulnerable in our communities,” she said.
The expected outcome of this MOU is the strengthening of the criminal justices ystem to enforce laws that protect women and children, and deter perpetrators of violence against women and children.
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