“Implement Waki Report”, Says Mr. SG. Muirani.
The International Criminal Court (ICC), which is based at The Hague, Netherlands, has said through its Prosecutor Luis Moreno- Ocampo that if Kenya failed to try the suspects of post-election violence, the court (ICC) will move in to start investigations and prosecute those involved. In the same line, Beautrice Le Fraper du Hellen, ICC director of jurisdiction, investigations are still in progress.
Another senior official, the register of the International Criminal tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), Adama Dieng has added his voice for the prosecutions of politicians, security officers and their senior commanders who were involved in the post- election violence in Kenya. Mr. Hassan Omar, the Vice – Chairperson of Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) has confirmed that the ICC has begun collecting detailing incidents of post-election violence and has been with touch with other Human Rights groups since request has been made by ICC.
In Kenya, the Waki report has generated a heated debate with politicians and especially from the Grand-Coalition giving mixed signals on how to move forward since Justice Philip Waki handed over a sealed envelop to Dr. Kofi Annan with names of suspects of those who were leading or fuelling violence in Kenya after the last disputed general elections, whereby more than 2000 Kenyans lost their lives, more than 300000 became internal displaced(and many are even today) and properties worth millions of shillings destroyed.
Recently, the ODM National Executive Council(NEC), which is the highest decision making body within the movement, met and agreed to look afresh the earlier decision which was not in support of the Waki report taken by its(ODM) Parliamentary Group(PG) with Budalangi MP, Ababu Namwamba as its secretary.
Within ODM, there has been and i do believe is still there, a show down between Prime Minister Raila Odinga, his deputy Musalia Mudavadi on one side and on the other side is Agriculture minister, William Arap Ruto and majority of MPs from the Rift Valley Province. Again, all is not well within the ODM, because Ababu Namwamba in his capacity as the secretary to the ODM Parliamentary Group has convened another meeting scheduled for Thursday (13th Nov.), to discuss what happened at the ODM’s National Executive Council meeting.
Ababu Namwamba has been muting for the formation of a Grand opposition in parliament and many times he has been at logger heads with his boss, PM Raila Odinga who is opposed to such a move but incidentally, William Ruto has been seen by many political analysts as one of those who have been backing Hon. Namwamba despite the cabinet’s rejection of such a move. For some time now, many have observed that Raila Odinga and William Ruto have been having a cold war, and that’s why MPs from Rift Valley have been vocal that Ruto becomes the deputy leader of ODM instead of Mudavadi. Even during the formation of the Grand Coalition, some Mps from Ruto’s backyard were calling for his appointment as deputy prime minister arguing that Rift valley provided the highest number of votes to ODM which is a fact.
PNU on the other hand has decided to support the implementation of the Waki report but still its after giving mixed signals. I think PNU weighed the sensitivity of the report and its implications because even if the fail to support it, ICC has the right to arrest any suspect at any country.
According to previous human rights reports, Uhuru Kenyatta, William Ruto, Henry Kosgey, Dr. Sally Kosgei, Martha Karua and Kiraitu Murungi were some of the names which were featuring on those reports and if their names happens to be in that envelop which justice Waki gave to Dr. Kofi Annan, there we are going to witness one of the biggest political landscape in Kenya in recent times. This would be the beginning of a new Kenya and the death of impunity in our country. Let the war lords no cheat Kenyans with cheap propaganda that they fought for their rights. Democracy is through the ballot and not evicting people from their areas of inhabitants. Whoever committed a crime did that so as to ascend into power and should carry his/her own cross. Justice Waki’s report should be implemented to the letter.
Comment: The Waki report cannot nurse back all the injustices that Kenyan people have gone through since independence. However, that report is not complete because he never travelled outside Kenya to question Kenyans who were donating money and sending it to different groups in Kenya in the name of “helping the victims”. Some money was used in the purported plans but still there was lots of cash- flow towards the wrong people. This will never be revealed until when Waki widens his net.
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