Another Top Kenyan Politician Dragged Into The ICC Case
Nov. 24, 2020
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has reopened an inquest into the 2007-08 post-election violence (PEV) in which more than 1,100 people were killed and thousands others displaced.
Yesterday, the DCI received 118 cases from victims who recorded their statements at its headquarters along Kiambu Road in Nairobi. The cases include those who lost members of their family, property or were displaced.
DCI boss George Kinoti said the move, coming 12 years after the country recorded one of its darkest moments, was sparked by threats that the victims had been receiving in the recent past.
He said his office received a complaint on September 15 that some individuals had started profiling certain communities, causing fear among the victims.
After 2007 to 2008 general election violence, Their were some suspects taken to ICC to answer for the deaths,rapes and other injustices that took place in the country, however they were all dismissed due to lack of evidence.
After almost 8 years now the cases are reopening once again and some of the families that lost loved ones and went through some injustices are seeking justice.
However this time round a new figure has been included in the case, Martha Karua. This woman is a Narc leader and also a Kenyas top Politician. Many Kenyans have reacted concerning this some say it's not right while others say that it is right.
The DCI boss said victims who recorded statements had their names withheld for security reasons. However, a number of the victims agreed to be interviewed by journalists on camera yesterday.
The DCI headquarters was busy with officers recording statements from the victims in one tent, while another had a PEV museum where photos of victims of violence were displayed. A third tent was marked for counselling services.
Violence erupted towards the end of 2007 after former President Mwai Kibaki was declared the winner of the presidential elections by then electoral agency boss Samuel Kivuitu. His close contestant, ODM leader Raila Odinga, disputed the results.
The protests that followed led to the death of more than 1,100 people, with thousands of others losing their homes and taking refuge in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs).