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Tuju's statement on ICC Ruling

26 January 2012, 14:20 Raphael Tuju

Following ICC's ruling that confirmed four—Hon Uhuru Kenyatta, Amb. Francis Muthaura, Hon William Ruto and Joshua Sang—of the six Kenyans to trial and acquittal of two, namely Hon Henry Kosgei and Gen Hussein Ali, I wish to state as follows:

1)     I regret that, as a country, we have reached the point where the International Criminal Court (ICC) had to take over the 2007/8 post-election matter essentially due to the failure of our local judiciary system.  My challenge is to our new Judiciary under Justice Dr. Willy Mutunga to redeem its image and of this country especially with respect to dealing with issues of post-election and political
violence in general.

2)   I particularly regret that our legislative system was unable to come up with a process to deal with the 2007/8 post-election debacle leading to a situation where our dirty linen as a country is now being washed in public in full view of the entire World.

3)   Following the regrettable outcome of the ICC, Kenya has effectively sent a worrying signal to investors who may henceforth have misgivings about how effective and reliable our local judiciary system is.  Both international and local investors require a working judiciary and the rule of law to prevail in order to have confidence in our country.  It is therefore Kenya and especially its judiciary and legislature that is on trial at the ICC.

4)   Even though we have a new constitution in place, in cannot change our hearts.  As long as we embrace the ideology of hate we will not move the next level. In other words, unless Kenyans embrace a culture of tolerance and harmonious co-existence among our various
communities, we, as a country, will remain unstable. We must aim for higher ideals and make the most and the best of a bad situation
already in our hands. I believe the ICC process should make us reflect on the way we relate as Kenyans.  Even if we go to Churches and
Mosques and still subscribe to statements that vilify each other’s ethnicity, we remain pretenders before God.

5)   The 2007/8 post-election disaster left in its trail displaced persons in their thousands.  A good number of them are still languishing in IDP camps where living conditions are completely deplorable. Unless these long suffering people are settled, Kenyans will not be reconciled neither will our collective conscience stop to nag. The time to get to the bottom of what ails us as a nation and re-start a process of genuine reconciliation is now.

In conclusion, I would like to go on record for having urged my fellow countrymen and women to embrace this moment to reflect harder on what type of a country we want to build forthwith and what destiny we must craft together for the sake of our children and future generations that must share this geographical space called Kenya.

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