Since 2007 contested election Kenya has become a center of intolerance, and the country’s capital city became a city of Human right abuse. The refuges from the neighboring countries especially that of Ethiopia and Somalia are victims of Kenyan corrupted Judiciary. The Kenyan authorities are famous in killing out rightly their own voters in cold blood. You cannot walk on the streets of Kenya without been harassed and robbed in plane day light by the corrupted security men as a foreigner. The worst of the Kenyan abuse reached the ears and eyes of the ICC, that of mass massacre of the innocent voters.
Finally , on December 15 last year, ICC prosecutor Louis Moreno-Ocampo named six high officials responsible for the election massacre 2007 in Kenya known as the six Ocambo as responsible for the :-
- Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta,
- Suspended Cabinet ministers William Ruto and
- Henry Kosgey,
- Head of Civil Service Francis Muthaura,
- Former Police Commissioner Hussein Ali and Kass
- FM presenter Joshua Sang
These are the six individual he wants to open cases against them over the 2007 post-election violence.
Kenya the member of ICC is trying to get out of the organization in order to save the 6 convicted officials from appearing in the International court of justice. It is always easy to be a member and judge others. But it comes home it has become hard to apply. This has been proved by the recent parliamentary motion to change the constitution of the country which just been rectify by popular referendum. The Kenyan MPs seem they can manipulate the law of the land to fit their needs not of the country. They even went further preparing to establish a local tribunal one like Rwanda to save the convicted officials so it would not trace up unto the president and prime minster himself.
In this shameful parliamentary debate Mr. Odinaga gave the following options as a way out from the crisis:-
- To set up a credible local judicial mechanism;
- To seek a resolution of the United Nations Security Council to defer the ICC process against the suspects;
- To withdraw from the Rome statute; or
- To let the ICC prosecutions to proceed which he willl never let happen.
President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga discussed the establishment Rwanda type local tribunal as an alternative to trial at the Hague to save the six Kenyans under investigation by International Criminal Court.
And the first step towards circumventing the international community is to prove like Rwanda that “Kenya has the will and capacity to try the suspects locally is by undertaking comprehensive judicial reform.”
The President and the Prime Minister spent a considerable amount of time to exploring ways of appointing a new Chief Justice working around the provisions of the new Constitution which recognized fully the ICC and other international institutions Kenya is a member.
The Kenyan rulers to do this job without any obstacle they have to prepare the Chief Justice Evan Gicheru to exit before the enactment of this new supreme law which will dope ICC. They have to Sworn in a new Judicial Service Commission that should play a key in this manipulation of the Kenyan constitution with high responsibility the appointment a new Chief Justice in the image of Rwanda.
These high manipulators of the Kenyan highest law the newly referendum passed constitution by the in government is that if both Chief Justice Gicheru and Mr. Wako leave office alongside major steps towards reform completely changing the Kenyan Judiciary.
They also wanted to change the State Law Office and the Police Service; Kenyan and manipulators thought they will have headway to petition the ICC directly or through the United Nations Security Council. They thought this would suspend the hearings on the six Ocambos by the ICC, on the excuse that they are doing it themselves like Rwanda. And thus
President Kibaki and Mr. Odinga agreed to manipulate the ICC ways of getting the six off The Hague tentacles, since they know they one has direct and the other indirect responsibilities of the killings of 2007, while the six took orders . This leaders during elections day of 2007 which brought one to power and the other contested like Ivory Coast .Both are in agreement that they will would still establish a local tribunal to try post-election violence suspects.
The two responsible for the outcome of the 2007 election also agreed behind doors, but publically showed reluctant to the Motion that was passed by MPs urging the government to withdraw from the ICC and repeal the International Crimes Act.
Mr. Moreno-Ocampo who saw the ICC officials before them played double standard when it comes to the Ethiopian election of 2005 resumed working fast in order not to repeat the same mistake by unnecessary delay in Kenya. The judges of Pre-Trial Chamber II expected to start scrutinizing the cases to determine whether the prosecutor has a case against the six Kenyans. They are expected to make their ruling either by the end of next month or early March.
As planned the Chief Justice Gicheru is set to walk away by February 27, while Mr. Wako’s record 20-year reign is set to end by August. In order to out run ICC judges there are indications he may be persuaded to leave earlier. These are the guys who gave the hands of the PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan to the Turks rather than independent court through a third country in front of ICC or other tribunals. Such corrupted act did not help the Turks or the Kurds to solve the century year old paralysis of Asia Minor on the “The Question of Kurdistan” to a negotiated solution like Southern Sudan to this day.
Kenya needs a true democracy corruption and constitutional manipulation, foreigner persecution is a daily phenomena. If it continues with this rhythm the country will join its north eastern neighbor to be a fallen state.
Supporters of Raila Odinga
|William Ruto||Minister of Higher Education||One of the most influential people in the Rift Valley, where the worst violence took place. Suspended as minister in October after being accused of corruption over land deal. Flew to The Hague in November to try to clear his name. Member of the Kalenjin community.||Accused of planning even before the election to set up militias to attack supporters of President Kibaki. Alleged to have urged his supporters to uproot the weeds from the fields – referring to communities in the Rift Valley with origins elsewhere in the country.|
|Henry Kosgey||Minister of Industrialisation||Chairman of Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement. Recently denied charges of corruption over importing second-hand cars. Member of the Kalenjin community.||Faces same charges to those brought against William Ruto of planning to set up militias to attack Kibaki supporters. Worst atrocity was the burning of a church near Eldoret where ethnic Kikuyus were sheltering.|
|Joshua Sang||Reporter and executive of Kass FM||Hosted morning shows on a Kalenjin-language radio station during the post-election violence in 2007/2008.||Accused of planning attacks, along with Kosgey and Ruto, as well as whipping up ethnic hatred on the airwaves.|
Supporters of Mwai Kibak
|Francis Muthaura||Head of Civil Service,|
|A right-hand man of President Mwai Kibaki and seen as one of the most powerful unelected figures in the country. A former Kenyan ambassador at the United Nations and the European Union. From the Meru community, which is closely linked to President Kibaki’s Kikuyu group.||Accused of developing a plan with Kenyatta and Ali to take revenge for attacks on Kikuyus and keep Kibaki in power. Muthaura allegedly met Mungiki leaders and ordered the police to let Mungiki members through road blocks while using excessive force against supporters of Raila Odinga.|
|The son of Kenya’s founding president. Lost 2002 elections to Mwai Kibaki but backed him in 2007. His name means freedom in East Africa’s Swahili language. Like President Kibaki, a member of Kenya’s Kikuyu community – the country’s largest.||Faces similar charges to Muthaura and Ali of developing a plan to take revenge for attacks on Kikuyus and keep Kibaki in power. Kenyatta was allegedly the focal point between the government and the Kikuyu Mungiki sect, which was sent to the Rift Valley, setting up road blocks and going house-to-house, killing some 150 suspected Odinga supporters.|
|Police chief during violence, now head of Postal Corporation||Came to the police from Kenya’s Air Force. Made his name for cracking down on Nairobi’s Mungiki sect. From Kenya’s ethnic Somali community, which was not directly linked to the violence.||Faces similar charges to Muthaura and Kenyatta of developing a plan to take revenge for attacks on Kikuyus and keep President Kibaki in power. Allegedly gave “shoot to kill” order to police after instruction from Muthaura. ICC says at least 100 Odinga supporters killed after indiscriminate police shooting.|
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