A most commendable effort by two dynamic ladies is bearing fruit. Lynne T. Farrah and Sophie Mukwana (both Directors of Biotech Forensics Ltd) came up with the idea of establishing a national forensic science association. We had a successful inaugural meeting on the 7th of May, 2008 in Nairobi Club. This meeting was attended by Kenyan professionals from various forensic science branches.
Forensic science, by the way, is the application of scientific methods and processes to matters that involve crime or the public. These branches include criminalistics, pathology, entomology, dentistry/odontology, psychology, chemistry, computing, geology and anthropology. Forensic scientists are for example invaluable to their nation in the areas of forensic chemistry (drugs, toxicology, trace evidence, explosives, fires, etc.), forensic biology (mainly DNA and body fluids and tissues) and criminalistics (fingerprints, documents, firearms, information and communication technology and tool marks) among others.
Most of these branches were represented and it was widely agreed that formation of this body was long overdue. I would wish to thank Lynne and Sophie for igniting this process that will professionalise the application of forensics in Kenya.
If you are a forensic scientist resident in Kenya please come along to the second meeting. It will be held at Nairobi Club on Wednesday 21st May, 2008 at 6.00p.m. Organisers encourage punctuality and remember drinks and snacks will be on sale.