51pc of Kenyans happy with ICC list

December 18, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya Dec 18 – A new poll released on Saturday shows that 51 percent of Kenyans are happy with the list of six suspects who face indictment by the International Criminal Court over the 2008 post election violence.

The poll conducted by Infotrak Research and Consulting comes three days after ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo named the six who include Cabinet Ministers Uhuru Kenyatta and Henry Kosgey, suspended Higher Education Minister William Ruto and Head of the Civil Service Francis Muthaura.

Others are former Police Commissioner Major General (Rtd) Hussein Ali and Kass FM presenter Joshua arap Sang.

The post election violence led to the death of 1,300 people and displaced over 650,000 in 2008.

The release of the list of suspects has raised claims of political mischief.

The opinion poll points out that 45 percent of the respondents believe the naming will influence Kenya’s political landscape as politicians jostle for new alliances that will carry them into the 2012 elections.

"Three in four Kenyans believe that the ICC process will influence Kenyan politics ahead of 2012," Infotrak Chief Executive Angela Ambitho said while releasing the report.

Mr Ruto and Mr Kenyatta have been touted as possible presidential candidates in 2012, with their supporters coming out to say the timing of the list was aimed at limiting their influence ahead of the election.

Ms Ambitho said the ICC process might have dented some political aspirations with the survey showing that 67 percent would not vote for any of the politicians named. 

The survey also shows that 37 percent want those holding public office relieved of their duties, despite reassurance from President Mwai Kibaki that everyone named was innocent until proven guilty.

It indicates that 45 percent want those in public office to leave voluntarily while a further 18 percent want them to stay in office.

With the naming of those most culpable, Kenyans now want the ICC prosecutor to speedily finish with the Kenyan case.  Sixty one percent have confidence that those mentioned by the ICC will be brought to book while 17 percent had no confidence in the ICC process.

Those not confident with the process cite biased investigations and deliberate efforts to scuttle 2012 politics as reasons for their dissatisfaction.

They also feel the six were not the only people involved in the post election violence, with some even questioning why the two principals were left out.

Read the full report here.


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