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Kenya: Mobile app developed for real-time reporting on torture cases

September 7, 2016

With advancement in technology and continued uptake of phones, Nyatete says more Kenyans are set to be reached with a positive impact expected/FILE

Statistics indicate that the country has witnessed a high number of torture cases and extra-judicial killings, but many more remain undocumented.

It is fear and sensitivity of the cases, majority involving police officers, that has led majority of victims to remain silent.

It is a trend that has led the Independent Medico Legal Unit (IMLU) to develop a mobile application – RIPOTI – that will boost the voice of victims of torture in any part of the country, without exposing them to the obvious threats.

The move comes after the heinous killing of lawyer Willie Kimani, once an official of IMLU, his client Josephat Mwenda and their cab driver Joseph Muiruri.

“Maybe we could have saved the three innocent lives if we had the app in operation,” the Program Officer in charge of Rehabilitation Hilda Nyatete told Capital FM News on Wednesday.

Through the app, Kenyans will now be able to report any incident of torture and related incidents using their phones.

The application, will allow Kenyans to either record audio, video or a short narration of an incident.

“We have set up the mobile application for cases of torture and extra-judicial killings,” she said. “Somebody can do a quick incident alert in cases where you are not able to write who you are, where and who are the perpetrators. We target all Kenyans since we are all unfortunately potential victims of torture.”

Mobile app developed for real-time reporting on torture cases