NAIROBI, 19 JUNE 2018 (Space for Giants) – An expert team of Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) prosecutors expect to increase wildlife crime convictions by digitising their work with new laptop computers Space for Giants delivered today.
The KWS Prosecution Unit acts as a bridge between investigators and Kenya’s Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP), preparing case files for trial. Better prepared cases result in faster trial processes with fewer interruptions.
The 24 new HP laptop computers will carry databases of key resources including all Kenya’s laws, its penal code, key documents guiding investigators and prosecutors that Space for Giants created, and relevant templates.
“Having all the necessary research resources and material in one place will increase efficiency, and digitally networking the Unit across the country will increase effectiveness,” said Shamini Jayanathan, Space for Giants’ Director of Wildlife Protection. “Both will lead to increased conviction rates.”
Space for Giants, an international conservation organisation based in Kenya and working in eight African countries, supplied the laptops. The machines were officially handed to the KWS at a ceremony at its headquarters in the Kenyan capital Nairobi today.
“We sincerely thank you for your gracious donation of the laptops,” said Florence Magoma, Senior Prosecutor in charge of the Prosecution Unit. “It being a newly formed unit, the laptops will in many ways improve service delivery, including among others case monitoring across the country for better court outcomes.”
Space for Giants works with the KWS, the ODPP, the Judiciary, and other law enforcement agencies to strengthen wildlife crime prosecutions and increase convictions in Kenya.
It already operates similar partnerships with the legal and judicial authorities in Botswana and Uganda, and is expanding its judicial programme into Angola, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe under a new EU-funded project.
“The KWS is leading the way in Africa with this dedicated, specialist unit of expert prosecutors and prosecution assistants who live, breathe, eat, and sleep wildlife crime,” Jayanathan said. “Digitising these resources means that they will have literally at their fingertips all the background information that they need to prepare the strongest possible case file on suspected wildlife criminals, and that means fewer adjournments and increased rates of conviction from the cases generated by the KWS.”
Space for Giants’ work with the KWS, which followed an MOU signed in 2017, includes ongoing mentoring of the Prosecution Unit, including with video tutorials from counterparts in the US.
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About Space for Giants
Space for Giants is an international conservation charity that protects Africa’s elephants from poaching while working with communities, investors, and governments to secure their habitats forever. It operates in Angola, Botswana, Gabon, Kenya, Namibia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, using science and best-practice to inform its approach. It develops and delivers anti-poaching initiatives, secures protected landscapes for elephants, works to lessen the problems that arise where people and elephants live alongside each other, and finds new ways to reach new audiences with stories of conservation. Space for Giants is headquartered in Kenya, and registered as a charity in the UK and a non-profit in the US.