Activists worried over witness protection in Kenya

The Centre for Restoration of Human Rights and Democracy Director Kefa Were outside his offices in Kitale. Mr. Were has raised issue with the work of the witness Protection Agency. Photo/Aspect News

Human rights activists in Trans Nzoia have questioned the functionality of the Witness Protection Agency in the country following the murder of a senior official at the National Land Commission who was witness in Sh122m fraud case.

The director of Centre for Restoration of Human Rights and Democracy Director Kefa Were noted that the number of witnesses being murdered is on the rise with the agency remaining silent.

“It is a concern that the agency has failed in its duties of safeguarding the safety of witnesses despite being funded by taxpayers.  This is a challenge to justice since most witnesses will shy away,” said Mr. Were.

He said the country has lagged behind in witness protection since most investigators conceal their identity to individuals they testify against which makes them to be pursued in a bid to defeat justice.

“There have been cases where some police officers who have a habit of leaking information with regard to information given by witnesses in confidence. This leads to inhumane acts,” he noted.

Jennifer Wambua’s body was first found in a thicket in Ngong area on Saturday, about 30km from the Nairobi city center. Police ferried it to the mortuary.

Jennifer was the commission’s deputy communications director. She went missing on Friday morning from her place of work and mystery surrounds how she left Upper Hill, Nairobi.