If everyone is innocent, who was responsible for the 2007/08 PEV?
11 October 2015, 09:54
Nairobi - The infamous ‘HAGUE SIX’ list was, to the 2007/2008 Post Election Violence victims, a welcomed culmination of their long postponed date with justice and in many respects, a perfect embodiment of the International Community’s resolve to restore sanity and sobriety to Kenya’s Political landscape riddled with ceaseless tribal and ethnic squabbles.
I was, and so were many others, hopeful that finally, the financiers and perpetrators of the wanton destruction of property worth billions, loss of hundreds of innocent lives, forceful evictions and breeders of unnecessary strife and enmity among peace-loving Kenyans were going to pay for their barbaric savagery.
It never occurred to me that our immense hopes will be this short-lived and sabotaged by the perennial enemies of justice.
To the horror of those who bore the heaviest brunt of the darkest chapters in Kenya’s history, we were soon made to believe that the International Criminal Court chief prosecutor, Moreno Ocampo, had relied on allegedly shambolic and hurriedly ‘engineered’ evidence to ‘nail’ the six Kenyans who had since become instant celebrities across the country and all over the world.
Most shocking were the seemingly constant, insistent and vehement insinuations that the Western Powers were once again flexing their imperialists’ muscles by dragging ‘innocent’ African Leaders to a white court for out-rightly undeserving and unfair trials.
For a moment, the world was treated to a soap opera that never was. Soon, no one was talking about the widely documented deaths and Internally Displaced Persons (some of whom are still nursing their wounds at NGO’s Funded Camps).
The guns, in their unusual larger numbers and with exaggerated ferocity, were instead turned on ‘perceived’ betrayers patiently yearning for the downfall of the then ‘promising’ political figurehead suspected to have played major roles in the communal violence. The vicious cycle of blame-game and finger pointing took center stage and as a people, we instead heaved with ecstasy and joined in the poisonous chorus our politicians were wittingly coercing us to sing.
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Heated politics, then often marred with overt backstabbing and shameless hypocrisy, consequently killed the momentum of finally salvaging justice for the PEV victims from what was fast appearing an ugly, messy and unpredictable judicial process.
Ironically, a horde of the 2007/2008 PEV victims contributed to the inevitably premature abortion of justice thanks to their playing accomplices in the alleged ‘witness-coaching’ drama. In effect, this alone dealt a severe body blow to the overall struggle to punish those who bore the heaviest responsibility in the contested post election chaos and skirmishes.
With three key suspects off the hook and the remaining three almost proving to the world that there was no premeditated politically motivated communal violence in Kenya after the 2007/2008 contested presidential elections, it is no longer a secret that the only winner (again) will be the deeply enshrined culture of runaway impunity in our society.
Thanks also to our tribal politics, it has been easy to strike compromises, however unlikely our cohorts have been and as a people, we have since conspired to turn a blind eye to the cries, subsequent penury, untold suffering and irredeemable loses our brothers and sisters suffered.
If we presume, the way we are hell bend to presume, that no one was responsible for the 2007/2008 PEV, are we therefore saying that what happened was a mere farce or simply one large, round lie?
Did we not bury our brothers, sisters, fathers, children, mothers, aunties, nieces, nephews, uncles and in-laws?
Are there no visible marks still of those skirmishes, chaos and mayhem that tore neighbors apart and separated happily married families?
Before we blindly set sail to that little-known island of ‘it never mattered anyway,’ let us not forget that it is a round world we live in!
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