A man armed with a bow and arrow during the 2007-8 post-election violence. PHOTO/BONIFACE MWANGI
By COURT REPORTER
The High Court is set to visit Kenyatta National Hospital and Mbagathi District Hospital tomorrow 17th March 2017 during the mention of a case filed by survivors of sexual and gender based violence during the 2007-2008 post-election violence.
The High Court will make a site visit to Kenyatta National Hospital and Mbagathi District Hospital where the judge will see and assess for himself the state of the gender based violence recovery centers and the standards of services offered to victims of gender based violence.
The Constitutional Petition no. 122 of 2013 was filed by eight survivors who were brutally gang raped and forcibly circumcised by state security officers and civilians during the Post-election violence. They are seeking truth, justice and reparations from the state.
The site visit will mark the close of the petitioners’ case, allowing one of the respondents, the Director of Public Prosecutions, the opportunity to present its witness to support its defense.
Police officers globbering people during the 2007-8 post-election violence. PHOTO/BONIFACE MWANGI
Only one witness is expected to testify. So far, all the eight petitioners have had an opportunity to present their testimony in court.
The 2007-08 Post Election Violence erupted immediately after the 2007 General Election after former President Mwai Kibaki was declared the winner of the presidential election.
Supporters of Kibaki’s opponent, Raila Odinga of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), disputed the presidential results setting off violent activities in different parts of the country.
Protests that were to turn violent erupted after the swearing-in of President Kibaki on the evening of December 30, 2007.
In addition to staging several non-violent protests, opposition supporters went on rampage destroying property and attacking pro-government supporters.
A victim of 2007-8 post-election violence crying for help. PHOTO/BONIFACE MWANGI
Police shot hundreds of demonstrators during the ensuing skirmishes. While pro-government supporters staged retaliatory attacks targeting opposition supporters.
More than 1,000 people are believed to have been killed during the violence, property running into millions of shillings destroyed while scores of others were raped or maimed.
Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan arrived in the country about a month after the election and successfully brought the two sides to the negotiating table.
On February 28, 2008, Kibaki and Odinga signed a power-sharing agreement called the National Accord and Reconciliation Act 2008 which established the office of the Prime Minister and created a coalition government.
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