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Kenya MPs demand speedy trials

MUKURWEINI, Kenya, Aug 30 – Fourteen legislators at the weekend agreed that there must be justice for the victims of post election violence regardless of whether it came from a local tribunal or the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Speaking at Gikondi Technical Training Institute in Mukurweini constituency during a fundraiser the MPs said whether in Hague or a local tribunal the perpetrators should be tried immediately and be punished for offences they committed.

"I hereby declare that I back a Bill by Central Imenti legislator Gitobu Imanyara that seeks to compel the government to prosecute the perpetrators of post poll violence both locally and at The Hague," said Laikipia West legislator Mwangi Kiunjuri.

According to the proposed constitutional amendment, those who bear the greatest responsibility for the violence would be tried by the ICC while the rest would face a local process.

Marugua MP Elias Mbau said: "The culture of impunity must stop and promised to use his vote in Parliament to root for a process that would ensure justice for all Kenyans whether at The Hague or locally."

Peter Kenneth of Gatanga said perpetrators of the injustices must be punished by the fastest process possible, be it by a local tribunal or The Hague.

Luka Kigen the Rongai MP urged Kenyans, while not forsaking justice, to support the Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission and forgive each other.

Mathioya MP Clement Wachira said it was time leaders stopped toying with justice and prosecuted those on the Waki list of suspected masterminds of post election violence.

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But Joseph Kyuna of Molo had tough words on the local tribunal option saying he and his electorate had no faith in a Kenyan court system and would only trust justice from The Hague.

Mr Kyuna castigated the government for buying lavish cars while Kenyans still languish in IDP camps.

Said he: "Every Kenyan has a right to live anywhere in this country. Kenya belongs to all Kenyans and enough blood has been shed."


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