Sunday, May 27, 2018

Mr. Keriako Tobiko, CBS, SC

Mr. Keriako Tobiko is the Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Environment and Forestry. He was appointed by H.E the President to replace Prof. Judi Wakhungu in the last cabinet reshuffle that was done in January, 2018.

Before his appointment, Tobiko was the Director of Public Prosecutions, the first holder of the office under the Constitution of Kenya 2010 having been first appointed in 2005. He was re-designated as the Chief Public Prosecutor in August 2010 and appointed to head the independent constitutional office in June 2011. He is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya and formerly a lecturer at the University of Nairobi.

Mr. Tobiko is an alumni of the University of Nairobi and Cambridge University. He is the
winner of GadhiSmarak Award for Best “A” Level student 1984 (Kenya), Barclays Cambridge Commonwealth Scholarship, 1990 for Kenya and Pegasus Cambridge Scholarship, 1990 as well as Fellow of Cambridge Commonwealth Society (FCCS).

He has served in other national institutions namely: The Commission of Inquiry into the Land Law Systems in Kenya (The Njonjo Land Commission, between 1999 – 2002) where he was a Commissioner;
The Constitution of Kenya Review Commission (CKRC, between 2000-2005) where he was a commissioner; Appointed as Director of Public Prosecutions in 2005;
Member of the Commonwealth Group of contact persons on International Cooperation in criminal matters from 2007 to date; From 2007 to-date, member of the Governing Council of the National Crime Research Centre (NCRC);
Member of the Advisory Board of the Witness Protection Agency (WPA) from 2008 to date;
Ad hoc Secretary to the Constitutional Advisory Committee on Prerogatory of Mercy in 2009;
Served as Alternate to Hon. Attorney-General as member of the Ransely Task Force on Police Reforms in 2008-09;
Re-designated as Chief Public Prosecutor in August 2010;
Alternate to Hon. Attorney General as a Member of The Police Reforms Implementation Committee (PRIC) from 2010 to date;
Appointed by the Hon. Attorney-General as the National contact person in relation to cooperation with ICC from March 2010 to-date;
Appointed to team up with Hon. Attorney-General and Solicitor-General to represent GOK in the proceedings before the ICC in relation to the 2007/08 Post Election Violence in Kenya from March 2011;
During his stint as the Chief Public Prosecutor, Mr.Tobiko’s principle and philosophy on justice can be summed up in the following words of William Orville Douglas, an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court and the longest-serving Justice in the history of the US Supreme Court: “The function of the prosecutor under the federal constitution is not to tack as many skins of victims as possible against the wall. His function is to vindicate the rights of the people as expressed in the laws and give those accused of crime a fair trial.”


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