May 17, 2022

International Justice Mission signs an MOU with IPOA to strengthen police accountability

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Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) today Thursday, January 27, 2022, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with International Justice Mission (IJM Kenya) to guide bilateral relations and ensure sustained police reforms and promotion of professionalism within the National Police Service. In the past, IJM has supported IPOA in capacity building amongst other technical areas.
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The IPOA Chair Anne Makori was confident that this milestone would impact positively the two institution’s mandates.
“I am happy for the cooperation we have enjoyed with IJM all this long without an operational framework. I am confident and have faith that with the signing of this MOU today, we will make progress towards mutually beneficial engagement for the
the benefit of Kenyans.”
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IJM Kenya Country Director Benson Shamala expressed confidence that both institutions will henceforth enjoy a better relationship.
“We value IPOA as a partner. At IJM we support all
agencies that protect the vulnerable. We, therefore, assure you of our support wherever we can so that you can protect the
vulnerable.”
The MOU touches on both the technical and non-functions of the Authority and is expected to take effect immediately to ensure sustained police reforms and promotion of professionalism within the National Police Service.
Present in the meeting was IJM Kenya’s Associate Director, Programs Ms Roselyne Ndwiga, IPOA Vice Chairperson, Jonathan Lodompui, IPOA Commissioner Dr Owen Ogony, IPOA Acting CEO Elema Halake, Head, Communications Dennis Oketch and Principal Legal Officer Anne Kamau.

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