The Investigation and prosecution of sexual and gender based violence in Kenya
Wambui, Rose Mburu
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The objectives of this research project are to outline the laws currently enacted to govern and combat Sexual and Gender Based violence in Kenya (SGBV), to outline the investigation and prosecution process of SGBV by laying out the roles of the participants in the process and to determine whether the process has been successful in responding to SGBV. The process shall also be examined from the lens of SGBV in Post-Election Violence. The participants are the victim, police officers, medical officers, and the prosecution. The scope of the project is the practice of investigation and prosecution of SGBV and does not assess the causes and effects of SGBV. The methodology used is desk based research with a focus on internet and library qualitative resources. The project finds that the practice of investigation and prosecution of SGBV in Kenya has not been successful in its response to SGBV. It is concluded that it is mainly because the roles of the participants in the process are not fully performed by them as required by law and policy thus creating gaps in the investigation and subsequently the prosecution of SGBV. The main suggestions are the proper implementation of the legislation and comprehensive policies already in place, creation of gender desks at all police stations and for the continued training of the participants.