President Uhuru should seek justice for violence victims
08 December 2014, 10:25
Nairobi - After being dragged to The Hague and back over a period of three years plus, the President is finally a free man.
He has fought a battle like no other and his efforts to defend himself against allegations of perpetrating murder and forcible transfer of persons have finally paid off.
Even though the Commander in Chief is a free man, there is need to serve justice to the violence victims. The people who suffered the brunt of the attacks need to find closure and healing. Many of them lost loved ones, property and other valuables; it will only be fair to have them compensated on one hand and served justice on the other.
The Judiciary has been called upon to set up a division to deal with organized crime and crimes against humanity. It is a monumental task since no other has been set up before in the country. However, the dedication of the judicial arm of government is what counts. Chief Justice Willy Mutunga ought to display dedication in the formation of the proposed division.
Legislators need to pass bills that will enable the formation of such a wing in the justice department. The debates over the functions, structures and operations of the proposed division need to be robust and all inclusive. If possible, the division should be able to handle cases of atrocities committed over the years since independence.
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President Uhuru being the Head of State and most powerful person, he should see to it that he influences his majority side in the National Assembly to work on formation of such a division that deals with crimes against humanity and organized crime. His memories of The Hague and the stories told over the years should influence his pattern of thought and push him towards serving justice to the aggrieved.
Deputy President William Ruto and journalist Joshua Sang are still facing trial at the International Criminal Court. Their cases seem to be proceeding but with numerous question marks lingering over the credibility of witness accounts and testimonies.
It shows how shoddy a job the investigating prosecutor and his office did. Madam Bensouda has let down the office of the prosecutor by pilling dubious evidence and presenting weak witnesses.
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