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WPA commends Govt

30 May 2013, 13:25 Wangui Joseph

The protection of witnesses in regard to crime cases is viewed as a crucial way of combating criminal activities in the country, Witness Protection Agency Director Alice Ondieki has said.

She commended the government for demonstrating its commitment towards the witness protection programme which began three years ago.

She said the government acknowledges the need for witness protection in a bid to strengthen criminal justice system together with the rule of law for good governance.

In a speech delivered by her assistant director Peter Mwangi in Nyeri, Alice said that the state has a duty to ensure that testifying does not result to more harm to the witness.

Speaking during a seminar attended by senior police officers and civil society members from Central Kenya at Green Hills Hotel, Alice noted that even the intimidated witnesses have a right to get justice in regard to the matter.

“The new constitution has provisions for protection of witnesses who are vulnerable as well as victims to enhance fair proceedings of the case,” she observed.

The director attributed acquittal of accused persons to lack of evidence as majority of witnesses fail to appear in court due to intimidation.

Alice said it is the role of the agency to provide specialized security services to the criminal justice sector by securing evidence needed for proper and effective prosecution.

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