, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 12 – Prime Minister Raila Odinga maintains that perpetrators of the 2008 post-election violence should be prosecuted.
Speaking at a conference on national diversity, race and ethnicity hosted by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission in Nairobi on Monday, the PM stressed the importance for victims of the post election violence to get justice.
“We promised ourselves that those responsible for the deaths of more than 1,000 Kenyans should be held to account. We established the Waki Commission, it carried its investigations and prepared a list of names which were handed over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) which further carried out investigations and then ended up with certain names. I will not go beyond that point,” Odinga asserted.
He said it was crucial for Kenya to conclusively address the post election violence to ensure violence doesn’t occur again.
Over the weekend, Raila Odinga’s Secretariat issued a paid-up advertisement saying a document presented in Parliament last Thursday alleging that the UK Government wanted Uhuru Kenyatta and MP William Ruto jailed before June was forged and meant to drag the PM and Britain into their woes.
The secretariat went on to argue that there were Kenyans languishing in jail for lesser crimes yet Kenyatta and Ruto are roaming freely holding prayer sessions despite being indicted for crimes against humanity.
Yatta MP Charles Kilonzo on Thursday tabled a document claiming that Britain was lobbying for President Mwai Kibaki to be charged with crimes against humanity at the ICC over the post election violence in Kenya, once he vacates office.
The remarks made in Parliament appear to have prompted a visit by the UK minister responsible for the ICC Henry Bellingham who is expected in Kenya next week.
Kenyatta, Ruto, Francis Muthaura and Joshua arap Sang are the four Kenyans facing crimes against humanity charges at The Hague based court.