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ICC trial should serve as a lesson, Musyimi says

NAIROBI Kenya Sep 3 – Gachoka MP Mutava Musimi says the country must learn from the ongoing confirmation of charges hearings a currently going on at The Hague that justice will finally catch up with the perpetrators of violence in the country.

Mr Musyimi who spoke to Capital News at the Impala grounds where he was the guest speaker at the 10th anniversary of the Tanari trust said that the country must, in moving forward observe the rule of law to ensure that people do not take the law in their own hands.

The former National Council of Churches of Kenya Secretary General said: “People died and we buried many of them, the lesson to learn is that there needs to be the commitment to the rule of law and the bill of rights enshrined in the new constitution. Unless the rule of law protects everybody people will take the law into their own hands but at some point justice will catch-up with them.”

Mr Musyimi said that the country as a whole is guilty for what happened after the 2007 elections and that the next government must stay alive to the challenge of not just preaching cohesion but also putting forward initiatives that encourage peaceful coexistence among Kenyans.

“We need to understand that all of us (Kenyans) are in The Hague and not just the Ocampo six. The next leadership needs to open very new avenues for bold different conversations the kind of boldness that leaders need to have with the youth, all the counties and all the people of Kenya,” he added.

Confirmation of charges hearing are currently going on for three out of the six suspects for the violence that hit the country after the 2007 general election.

The hearing for Eldoret North MP William Ruto, Tinderet MP Henry Kosgey and radio presenter Joshua Sang is scheduled to conclude on September 12 while that of three other suspects, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Head of Civil Service Francis Muthaura and former Police chief Hussein Ali will start on September 21.

Mr Musyimi who has already declared his intentions to vie for the presidency also said that he will meaningfully reach out to the youth in his campaigns before the next general election.

“Obviously they are not the only voters but for a very important group of voters, but we have reach out to them and to listen to them very carefully. When I have listened to them I have learnt that they are saying that they are victims of a political culture that they cannot do much about,” said the legislator who is yet to declare the party that will sponsor his candidature.

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“When you listen to them, begin to involve them you give them hope and make them part of the solution so I will engage them in all forms possible,” he assured.

The Tanari trust is a public charitable trust whose mission is to assist local churches and institutions in becoming strong and relevant communities by providing creative programmes materials, training and consultation as well as building mentorship programs for the youth.


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