GEMA urges President to hasten compensation of PEV victims

April 17, 2016 1:20 pm
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the association has called for dialogue citing that total reconciliation and healing can only be through dialogue among affected communities/FILE
the association has called for dialogue citing that total reconciliation and healing can only be through dialogue among affected communities/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 17 – The Gikuyu, Embu and Meru Cultural Association has urged President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto to hasten their efforts to address the remaining issue of reparations of Post Election Violence (PEV).

In a press statement, the association has called for dialogue citing that total reconciliation and healing can only be through dialogue among affected communities.

GEMA congratulated both leaders for their win over International Criminal Court (ICC) cases saying they have always rejected the idea of subjecting the nation to proceedings in international Tribunal.

“We wish to congratulate and commend the Deputy President for his courage and steadfast presentations on the ICC on this matter,” the association said.

The association notes of the efforts that the government has put in resettling the PEV victims since they took power three years ago.

They also call on the national institutions dealing with national cohesion to be extra vigilant and deal with those individuals preaching hatred against their fellow Kenyans.

“GEMA notes with concern the systematic attempt by some politicians, scholars and sections of the civil society to balkanize the country along tribal lines, we note of an existing well choreographed campaign to set certain communities against others,” the statement reads.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has vowed that no Kenyan will ever again face trial at the ICC over the post election violence.

Speaking during the thanksgiving prayer at the Afraha Stadium, the Head of State declared that the country had closed the chapter on the post election violence.

His statement followed the decision of the Hague based court to issue arrest warrants against three Kenyans accused of witness interference.

“To our friends out there who think that they can come and disturb us here in our country, as for us, we have closed that chapter and there is nowhere else we are going,” President Kenyatta stated.

“There is nobody else we will allow to be taken anywhere. If someone breaks the law, we are going to deal with them here using our courts. I do not want to see another Kenyan treading the route that we took,” he said.

He pointed out that the country’s judicial system would deal with the three Kenyans wanted by ICC over claims of witness tampering.

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