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Politicians across the political divide appear to be reading from different scripts on how to hand over post-election violence suspects to the International Criminal Court.

The Attorney-General and two Cabinet ministers, who signed a September 30 deadline with ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, cannot agree whether it was a deadline, a guideline or an extension.

Thus it is difficult to believe Justice Minister Mutula Kilonzo’s assertions that he’s been in regular contact with Mr Moreno-Ocampo over the matter.

To believe Mutula, Moreno-Ocampo acted on his recommendation to write and request to meet the two principals. Should he meet President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga, then the two won’t be in the ‘Waki Envelope’.

After all, would Moreno-Ocampo be naÔve enough to initiate a joint meeting with ‘suspects’? However, if rumour is to be believed that the principals’ names are in the list, the meeting with Moreno-Ocampo should be to prepare them for the worst.

But why stop at the principals? The ICC prosecutor could ask to meet the suspects who prefer The Hague to a local tribunal.

Only God knows exactly what the shabby looking dragon slayer of the ICC will be up to when he visits Kenya.

{S R Athembo Onyuro, Kisumu}

It is a relief to hear that Moreno-Ocampo is coming to get the perpetrators of post-election violence.

However, will he solve our other problems? This is not likely though he might just provide the impetus needed to galvanise us into addressing past injustices.

The panacea for the problems dogging Kenya lies in our hands. Like the proverbial butterfly held in hand, we have Kenya in our hands to either crush to death or give a new lease of life.

Wananchi are supposed to be at the forefront pushing for reconciliation and unity rather than relying on the pledges of politicians.

The recent report of re-armament in the Rift Valley is a microcosm of the monumental problems that need to be resolved. We are the only ones who can stop the nation from burning again.

{James Mwangi, Kigumo}

Calls by the international community that impunity in Kenya has to end are welcome.

And unlike our ‘smiley’ AG, Moreno-Ocampo has promised to come down hard on the perpetrators of violence and use Kenya as an example on how to deal with impunity.

The country’s institutions have failed to protect the public due to myriad vested interests. The police carry out shoddy investigation and often lose crucial evidence necessary for prosecution.

Instead of prosecuting the big fish, the AG writes to ministers, MPs and State officials to return what they have stolen.

In court, judges allow ‘elite’ criminals to avoid justice by dishing out numerous court orders. For instance, nobody has ever been jailed or found guilty in the Goldenberg scam. Does it mean no crime was committed?.

Parliament is no better what with its members putting vested interests above the nation’s.

These shortcomings are proof The Hague needs to make an example out of Kenya.

{Agostino Njagi, Matuu}