NAIROBI, Kenya, May 30 – Majority of Kenyans want ICC Cases against Deputy President William Ruto and Joshua arap Sang dropped according to the latest survey by IPSOS Kenya.
The survey indicates that, 48 percent of Kenyans are in favour of the cases being terminated or dropped completely while 33 percent of Kenyans want them to proceed.
Eight percent want the cases to continue but without the presence of the accused in court.
The survey also indicates that 50 percent of Kenyans believe that the cases may result in convictions, with 33 percent holding the opposite view.
Fifty three percent, the report states are of the view that violence can occur if the Deputy President is convicted but 33 percent are certain no such violence will occur.
Regarding the proposal for Kenya to withdraw from the Rome statute Kenyans are split down the middle.
“Majority of those in favour of the cases are among respondents from central at 76 percent to a low in Coast of 24 percent of those who are in favour of the cases, such constrains position appear mainly to reflect the political divide with more than twice as many Jubilee than CORD supporter backing such a withdrawal (70 vs 30 percent), “ the report states.
According to the survey, majority of Kenyans (54 percent) support the proposal to establish an African Human Rights court that would substitute ICC.
“Least of support comes from Nyanza at 32 percent while most support comes from central province at 89 percent.
As such the lingering political split over this issue which emerged well before the 2013 election is still much alive, “ says the report.
This comes as ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda admitted that she has insufficient incriminating evidence against Deputy President William Ruto and journalist Joshua arap Sang.
In her application to ICC judges she argued that five witnesses who had incriminating evidence recanted it after they were intimidated and bribed while the sixth witness withdrew due to similar influences.
Six top Kenyan officials were initially charged with Crimes Against Humanity committed in the country during the 2008 post election violence, but only cases against two are still in court.
Those dropped are cases against President Uhuru Kenyatta, former Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Muthaura, former Cabinet Minister Henry Kosgey as well as former national police chief Hussein Ali.
Cases against Deputy President William Ruto and a journalist Joshua arap Sang are still pending in court.