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Kalenjin elders now want court to nullify Waki report

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By Fred Makana | July 13th 2015

The Kalenji Council of Elders has filed a case at the High Court seeking the nullification of the Waki report.

The elders through their Myot Association want the High Court to nullify the report, which implicates Deputy President William Ruto and journalist Joshua Sang. During the 2007-2008 post-election violence, over 1,000 people were killed dead and over 600,000 others displaced after the declaration of the presidential results in December 2007.

The elders say the report should not be admitted as evidence against Deputy President William Ruto and journalist Joshua Sang at the International Criminal Court.

Lawyer William Arusei, representing the elders, asked Justice Isaac Lenaola to permit the elders to add their voice to reveal the root cause of the chaos.

Mr Arusei said the Waki commission did not receive their views and therefore they feel ostracised because their constitutional and fundamental rights were violated since the laws of justice demand "no one should be condemned unheard".

Arusei said the Waki report has "denigrated, belittled, defamed and prejudged the Kalenjin as a community individually or collectively and ascribes guilty to the past, present and future generations of the community". The council's chairman Major Rtd John Seii said: "The council embraces the ideology of promoting peace and harmony."

The elders are also seeking to be enjoined in an ongoing suit filed by activist David Nyekorach Matsanga and human rights crusader John Muiruri. The case will be heard on September 16.

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