Ocampo to open envelope today

Kenya’s leaders are in panic mode as International Crimes Prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, opens an envelope with a list of top ten perpetrators of the 2008 post election violence.

Ocampo, Chief Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, told the BBC that he will open the envelope today. However, Ocampo will not disclose the names contained in the list but will instead wait for Kenyan authorities to establish an acceptable local tribunal to prosecute those who planned, funded and executed the violence.

According to the laws that guide the International Criminal Court, Ocampo can only take over prosecutions if convinced that the Kenyan authorities lack the will and capacity to do it.

At least 1,500 people died in the worst violence since Kenya’s independence. The violence was the culmination of a five year power struggle between Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga. Today, the two men preside over a fractious coalition government, with Kibaki as President and Raila serving as Prime Minister.

Separate reports by international human rights bodies, the Kenyan National Commission on Human Rights and a Judicial Commission found leading personalities responsible for the violence. Cabinet ministers, members of parliament, clergy, councillors and security officers were variously found guilty of oathing, funding, organizing and issuing orders that led to massive slaughter.

Political parties and journalists were responsible for perpetuating hate speech against rival ethnic groups.

To prevent a repeat of the violence, the international community wants Kenya to prosecute all those who planned and perpetrated acts of looting, killing, rape and mass dislocation. With the masterminds still firmly in control of the state and media apparatus, justice for the innocent victims of post election violence has become an uphill battle.

One and a half years after the violence, Kenyan courts have not convicted a single person.

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One Response

  1. the perpetrators of the post election violence are actually domestic terrorists and must be treated like so. as a rule of the thumb, all terror pests should be put away because they wont change, ICC has this one chance to teach Africa’s politicians an unforgettable lesson with Kenya as an example

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