Strategic Priorities

Support to the Reforms agenda

Support to the Reforms agenda

To inform and influence the enactment and implementation of at least five (5) reforms on prevention and response to torture, violence and discrimination by 2021 Key Strategies / Broad Interventions:

  1. Advocacy for enactment and implementation of at least 5 laws (2 new/pending policies and implementation of 3 existing laws)
  2. Media advocacy on public policy at county, national and international levels
  3. Treaty body engagements e.g. Africa Commission, EAC, UN, etc.
  4. Building and supporting advocacy partnerships at the local, national, regional and international levels
  5. Promoting strategic advocacy networks, collaborations e.g. PRWG, CBO anti-torture movements, etc.
  6. Occupation of critical advocacy spaces e.g. relevant State commissions
  7. Support perpetrators knowledge, attitude and behavior change initiatives
Redress and Rehabilitation

Redress and Rehabilitation

To improve access and utilization of holistic redress and rehabilitation services for at least 6,000 survivors of torture, violence and discrimination by 2021 Key Strategies / Broad Interventions:

  1. Direct and holistic service provision to survivors (medical, legal, psychological and structured referrals for socio-economic empowerment)
  2. Promoting partnerships and networks for routine and urgent services
  3. Referrals for provision of services
  4. Enhance protection of witnesses, victims and HRDs
  5. Awareness and sensitization of survivors and general public e.g. use of IEC materials, media and community outreaches
Social Capital and Strategic Alliances

Social Capital and Strategic Alliances

To nurture social capital and active use of at least eight (8) strategic alliances for the prevention of torture, violence and discrimination by 2018 

Key Strategies / Broad Interventions:

  1. Enhanced engagements with IMLU’s networks of professionals (lawyers, doctors, journalists, human rights promoters, counsellors and paralegals, among others)
  2. Continuous building of social capital through capacity building
  3. Structured engagements with other key actors (CBOs, NGOs, youths, academic institutions, professional bodies) at the national, regional and international levels
  4. Strategic physical presence and positioning in select counties across Kenya
  5. Building a constituency of survivors and families
  6. Media advocacy to enhance IMLU’s visibility at the county, national and international levels
Strategic information for Evidence based interventions

Strategic information for Evidence based interventions

To generate at least ten (10) research products and proactively use such strategic information to prevent and respond to torture, violence and discrimination by 2021

Key Strategies / Interventions

  1. Expand the scope of research to cover IMLU’s mandate in totality generating at least 10 research products
  2. Undertaking periodic torture survey every 5 years to inform programming and advocacy
  3. Research partnerships with academic, government agencies, renowned research institutional, associates and other professional bodies
  4. Develop IMLU’s internal research generation, utilization and dissemination capacity e.g. instituting a research desk / department
  5. IMLU’s resource center for operational, strategic and academic research


Institutional Strengthening and Sustainability

Institutional Strengthening and Sustainability

To enhance IMLU’s capacity to deliver on its mission and goals and institutional sustainability beyond 2021


A World free from torture, violence and discrimination


To prevent and respond to torture, violence and discrimination by engaging with state and other nonstate actors in rehabilitation, redress, research, advocacy and movement building, capacity building, and accountability.


Titus Ngamau Musila alias Katitu was charged with the offence of murder contrary to Section 203 as read with Section 204 of the Penal code, it was alleged that he murdered one Kenneth Kimani Mwangi on 14th March 2013 at Githurai 45 Bus stage in Nairobi County.

He was arraigned in court on 5th September 2014 and was remanded in custody pending trial which commenced on 11th May 2015. His advocate made several application for bail pending trial on the basis that he has a right to bail as premised under article 49 (i) of the constitution, the Court dismissed the said applications after considering the fact that it was more probable than not the accused will interfere with the witnesses who had recorded fears of threats that had been issued to them by the Police officer, the court also took note of the fact that while the investigation into the threats were ongoing one of the Key witnesses Oscar Muchoki Mwangi, the brother of the deceased was fatally shot by the police officer, the mother and the sister to the deceased and the remaining witnesses were also forced to relocate due to fear.

When the matter came up for further hearing, the officer through his lawyer Cliff Ombeta, renewed his bail application on grounds that the key witnesses who had expressed fear of their lives had already testified and have been placed under the witness protection, the prosecution and IPOA opposed the application but the Judge went ahead and released him on One Million (1 million) bail pending trial terming it as his constitutional right. The Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko (who was the Senator then) paid the bail.
Upon conclusion of trial, the police officer was eventually convicted of murder of one Kenneth Kimani Mwangi on 7th February 2018 after considering the fact that the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt that the accused had malice to murder the deceased, the court further ordered the accused to remain in custody awaiting sentencing on 27th February 2018.
What stood out during the process of seeking justice for the victims?

The learned Judge dismissed Katitu’s several bail application after considering the fact that he did interfered with the witnesses, the witnesses had been forced to relocate from their usual abode and even one Key Witnesses Oscar Muchoki Mwangi had already been murdered during investigation.

The learned Judge stated that although the bullet head recovered from the dead man skull did not emanate from the Ceska pistol that Musila had been issued with “there had been an attempt to cover up the murder.”

The learned Judge stated that the evidence adduced directly pointed at the police officer whom the court heard was very popular with Githurai 45 residents for combating crime. Even though he was fighting crime, he was expected to protect the life of Kenneth by handcuffing him and taking him into custody instead of shooting him dead.



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