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Clerics urge peace over Ocampo six

By | December 16th 2010 at 00:00:00 GMT +0300

By NGUMBAO KITHI

Religious leaders in Mombasa have urged Kenyans to maintain peace even as The Hague takes action against the six post-election violence suspects it named Wednesday.

The Council of Imams and Preaches of Kenya, Kenya National Muslim Advisory Council and the Mombasa Catholic Church said Kenyans have no reason to engage in violent acts over the list.

The clerics described the violence as one of the worst to have ever faced the country and a repeat must be avoided at all cost.

CIPK organising secretary Sheikh Mohamed Khalifa said there was no need to panic because the suspects would be subjected to fair judicial system.

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"We are calling on Kenyans to remain calm and wait for justice to take its course," he said.

Reject push for tribunal

Kenmac chairman Sheikh Juma Ngao said the ICC was doing its best after the Government failed to come up with the local tribunal to try the suspects. He advised Kenyans to reject Government’s plans to push for a local tribunal now.

"We must not allow that now. Let the ICC take its course," he added.

Mombasa Catholic Bishop Boniface Lele said the suspects must face the ICC because efforts to start a local tribunal failed. He said the suspects are not yet criminals and would be given a fair hearing.

Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere had warned any acts of lawlessness after Moreno-Ocampo releases names of the six will be met with the full force of the law.

Addressing a news conference yesterday, Mr Iteere said police were aware of attempts by some leaders to rally their supporters to cause unrest, but cautioned them that they would face "dire consequences".

"We have made adequate security arrangements all over the country. There should be no panic at all, even after the suspects are named by the ICC. Kenyans should exercise caution," he said.


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