PEV victims demand justice
11 September 2013, 09:45
Nairobi - The tribes that bore the biggest brunt in the deadly violence that has culminated in Deputy President and a journalist appearing before the International Criminal Court, insisted there was "overwhelming evidence" against the duo.
Deputy President, William Ruto, and Joshua Sang are appearing at The Hague to answer to charges of crimes against humanity following the 2007/8 post election violence.
Back home the three tribes of Kikuyu, Kamba and Kisii accused Ruto and Sang of using their positions to organise tribal, financial muscles, media and military to unleash the post-election violence.
They said if necessary, they would provide evidence before the court.
Kingstone Kingatua from the Rift Valley, where violence was at larger scaled, was adamant that his Kikuyu people deserved justice following the death of hordes of people.
"At this moment, we do not want to be seen to interfere with the ongoing court proceedings but we would always appreciate witnesses who will not compromise the evidence.
"I strongly believe that this trial will set the record straight that political violence does not pay. We will do our best to see justice prevail," he said.
Another Kikuyu tribesman said while he had no evidence to prosecute Ruto and Sang, he argued victims deserved justice.
"Whether one is found guilty or innocent, we would want to see the ICC allowed ample time to do their prosecution, cross examinations as well as calling witnesses willing to testify," he said.
"All eyes are at the Hague. It is the majority's interest to see how the two accused persons would prove their innocence or guilty, but the bottom line is justice for the aggrieved people to be accorded justice," he added.
However, Obert Murage from Mombasa said people should stop commenting on cases that were on trial.
"While the aggrieved people bore the brunt of the political violence of 2007, I would like to call upon all Kenyans to desist from making unnecessary comments about the ongoing court case.
"Commenting on ongoing court case would appear like Kenyans were influencing justice, a development which will see the two acquitted," Murage said.
The post-election crises left a reported 1 500 people dead and thousands other displaced.
- CAJ News