The ICC list

A lot has been said and written about the ICC process and the ICC list. Previously I have voiced my opinion on the issues here and here.

Yesterday at 1400 hours Kenyan time, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Moreno Ocampo made public the list which has kept Kenyans on the edge for almost two years.

The list read as follows:

1.       Mr. Joshua arap Sang

2.       Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta

3.       Maj. (rtd) Hussein Ali

4.       Amb. Francis Muthaura

5.       Hon. Henry Kosgey

6.       Hon. William Ruto

These gentlemen according to Ocampo bear the greatest responsibility for the Post Election Violence that rocked Kenya in early 2008.

As is common in Kenya, this list has been sensationalised and I feel like the crux of the matter is getting swallowed up in the sideshows.

The crux of the matter is 1000+ people died, 600,000+ people were internally displaced and Kenya’s image as a haven of peace was shattered.

Kenyan politicians dealing irresponsibly with the ICC issues is no surprise but it is with sadness that I see people in cyberspace making fun of the ICC issue and the media reporting irresponsibly. In case anyone needs a reminder of the hell that was the Post Election Violence here it is.

After a day’s reflection I have no comment on the list. This is just one step in a long journey that Kenya and the ICC have embarked on. The journey is guaranteed to be rough and bumpy. I pray that for the sake of all those who were directly and indirectly affected by the violence that justice will be done.

I am sad that 34 months after the signing of the Peace Accord, no tangible effort has been made to address and treat the causes of the violence. This is a collective failure by ALL Kenyans and it is a pity!

The truth of the matter is that as long as the causes of the violence are not addressed then the peace we are currently enjoying is superficial and fragile. That is scary!

Do say a prayer for Kenya and meditate on how we ordinary Kenyans can kick start the healing process as it seems our politicians are hell bent on dragging Kenya to hell.



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