Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Are Kenyans safe if Ocampo six are detained - (revised copy)

A lot of rumors is circulating that there will be chaos when Ocampo six are locked at the Hague, most of these rumors are being circulated by people from regions/tribes of those affected. The President had also expressed fear when the Government wrote a letter to UN Security Council. The one that scared me most is one tribe claiming if their man is detained Kenyans will see, it will be worse than the post election violence of 2007/08 he addded. They say Luos will suffer most because it is believed their leader Raila is behind the Ocampo six woes.

I heard this yesterday and am surprised the same issue has been raised by the two major newspapers in the country Standard and Nation. Nation says “MPs allied to some of the suspects have been threatening mass action, claiming the court was planning to arrest some of them” then it goes on to say “Hague has confirmed they will not arrest Ocampo six so long as they obey the conditions imposed by ICC Judges”. In the same paper Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) Commissioner Mr. Hassan Omar has accused Mr. Kenyatta and Ruto of using political rallies to whip emotions against ICC and warned should anything happen they should be held responsible.

Standard says “Concern is growing that President Kibaki’s decision to retain 2 of the Ocampo Six suspects in Government has put them at risk of tougher sanctions by the International Criminal Court at the Hague”.
My question to the Government and especially the President, what if some of them are locked up will you protect innocent Kenyans from angry mobs planning chaos. I agree with KNCHR should anything happen, the two main suspects Uhuru and Ruto should be held responsible, Ocampo should punish those who try to bring further chaos. Kenya is bigger than the six, and by summoning them to the Hague it is a lesson to others that impunity should not be allowed. Mr. President this is a time you need to prove to Kenyans that you are the leader and father of all regardless of tribe or party affiliation.We are tired of more fights and we only need peace. If Uhuru and William Ruto are innocent they will surely come back free but if they are not as will be proved by evidences (not the number of idle MPs accompanying them to Hague) they MUST be punished.

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