, NAIROBI, Kenya, April 6 – A thanksgiving Service for all the Ocampo Six who have since been acquitted of the International Criminal Court (ICC) charges will be held at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on April 16.
In a statement, President Uhuru Kenyatta indicated that this will afford Kenyans the opportunity for healing and reconciliation.
President Kenyatta pointed out that when the ICC case against him was dropped, he decided not to celebrate until all the other cases had been terminated.
“Kenya has come a long way since the dark days of 2008. We have made peace. We have given ourselves a new constitution and a new political order,” the Head of State Indicated.
“We have resettled and compensated many victims, and continue to respond to the outcomes of that unfortunate period of our history,” he said.
All the six Kenyans named as suspects of the 2008 Post Election Violence have been acquitted.
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has in the meantime welcomed the acquittal of Deputy President William Ruto and Joshua Arap Sang by the ICC court.
IGAD Executive Secretary Mahboub Maalim stated that Kenya can now focus on reconciliation, healing and post conflict reconstruction.
On numerous subsequent occasions, it had called for the withdrawal of the remaining charges against Ruto and Sang.
The regional organization has also been instrumental in rallying governments in the region through the African Union to demonstrate their solidarity, particularly against the ICC targeting leaders while still in office.