The Chairperson of the Africa Group for Justice and Accountability (AGJA) Mohammed Othman Chande is leading a high-level mission to Kenya to observe the proceedings of the 2022 election petition. From 28 December 2010 to 18 January 2017, Othman Chande was the Chief Justice of Tanzania. He is a founding member of AGJA and was elected as chairperson of AGJA in January 2022. He was also a member of the expert group that reviewed the performance of the International Criminal Court in 2020.
For the mission to Kenya, Othman Chande is joined by Justice Lilian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza of the Supreme Court of Uganda, Justice Ivy Kamanga from the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal, Justice Moses Chinhengo of the Lesotho Supreme Court of Appeal and Justice Henry Mbha, president of the Electoral Court of South Africa.
Among other aims, the high-level panel led by Othman Chande will monitor proceedings at Kenya’s Supreme Court, observe the independence of the judiciary in examining election-related disputes, and “develop a comprehensive report aiming at contributing to a more professional, independent, impartial and accountable Judiciary.”
The Africa Group for Justice and Accountability (AGJA) supports efforts to strengthen justice and accountability measures in Africa through domestic and regional capacity building, advice and outreach, and enhancing co-operation between Africa and the International Criminal Court. It comprises senior African experts on international criminal law and human rights, including political figures, members of international and domestic tribunals, and human rights advocates.