Saturday, March 12, 2011

Summon of Ocampo six to Hague timely

This summon has come at the right time, when Kenyans were wondering whether IIEC (Interim Independent Electoral Commission) had declared 2012 campaigns started officially. The key Presidential candidates (Raila, Ruto and Uhuru) were engaged in political rallies and exchanged bitter words for their rivals, Raila on one side, Uhuru and Ruto on the other side. It was a war of words that created a lot of tension amongst Kenyans and stopped only after receiving a warning from National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC),
Though they stopped the damage was already done, Kenyans were already tense and wondered what it would be like come 2012 and thereafter. So when I read in today’s standard that “Consequently senior officials of the United Nations urged on by chief mediator in Kenya’s peace process, Dr Kofi Annan, and leading development partners are said to have influenced the International Criminal Court’s decision to immediately summon the six Kenyans facing charges of crimes against humanity”. This was timely since someone had to come to our aid, when our President and Vice President have decided to prefer impunity by wasting millions of shillings to seek deferral of the ICC cases.

It has been proved many Kenyans want the six to go to Hague and face charges as a lesson to others who may plan to do the same in future. Many Kenyans are starving now because of drought and many are still in the IDP camps because of post election violence yet millions are being spent on a futile mission. It is wrong for the Government side that supports the six to lie that “The Government also cited the possibility of renewed violence if some of the suspects are charged, alleging that tension is high” Read more in today’s Standard. Crime was committed and we know those who advocate for violence are amongst the Ocampo six. They are the ones who create more tension in Kenya, they have attended prayers since the summons, I hope they are genuine prayers because God is not mocked His judgment is worse than Hague.

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