Enhancing civilian oversight and accountability of the Intelligence and Military in Kenya

The 2010 Constitution requires that policing must be conducted with respect for rule of law, democracy, fundamental freedoms and human rights and all national security organs remain subordinate to civilian authority. However, security sector reforms and pressure for civilian oversight and accountability have concentrated more on the regular police and there is less focus on the National Intelligence Service (NIS) and Kenya Defence Force (KDF).

This project sought to move and refocus policy debate on civilian accountability from the police to also incorporate the NIS and KDF.

The overall goal is to promote the emergence of an accountable and democratic NIS and KDF that works in close cooperation with the public towards a safe and secured society. CHRIPS sought to achieve this by:

  1. Undertaking studies to inform policy change into the need for instituting civilian oversight mechanisms on NIS and KDF.
  2. Engaging policy makers into the need for instituting civilian oversight mechanisms on NIS and KDF.
  3. Enhancing capacity of non-state actors to advocate and hold the NIS and KDF accountable for human rights violations.

Our partners include the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).