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Prosecute suspects to end curse of election violence

By | October 11th 2009

After former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s underlined the issues of reforms and trials of post-election violence suspects, and as we await the arrival of International Criminal Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo anytime this week, our leaders must realise the whole world wants the suspects to face justice.

The widely-held fears local communities may clash if the suspects are tried at The Hague are misplaced. If none is tried there, Kenyans must brace for the worst in 2012.

Trial of the suspects will help put to end the culture of violence during every election season.

Sylvanus Muhande, Nairobi.


Now that President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga have resolved the post-election chaos perpetrators should be tried at The Hague, Mr Moreno-Ocampo should start the process of prosecution immediately.

As Dr Annan put it, time is running out. We are fast approaching 2012 elections and if we don’t get justice now, we may never get it.

Oniang’o Amanya, Via Email.


Kenyans must support Dr Annan that: It is not either The Hague or Local Tribunal, it’s both.

And as Raila promised the Government will arrest and hand over the suspects to The Hague prosecutors, it must be underscored we need big shots tried at The Hague as the minor suspects face the law back at home.

The Parliament should approve the local tribunal Bill presented by Imenti South MP Gitobu Imanyara as the ICC collects more evidence against the big shots to ensure justice is done to all.

Fidelis Kavinya, Via Email.

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