Former Anti Corruption czar John Githongo has rubbished attempts by the government to convince International Criminal Court-ICC to transfer post election violence cases against four prominent Kenyans back to Kenya.
Githongo says only ICC can guarantee justice to Kenyan victims of the 2007/2008 post election violence and the process was now unstoppable.
Speaking at a Nairobi function, he read mischief in the government attempts terming it as a move to protect key perpetrators of the skirmishes that killed over 1,500 and displaced over 650,000 others.
Speaking at the same function, International Centre for Policy and Conflict-ICPC Executive Director Ndung’u Wainana termed the move by the government as time-barred but further called for the formation of a local tribunal to try minor perpetrators of the poll violence not facing charges at The Hague.
The call by the two comes after ICC confirmed that trials for Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Eldoret North MP William Ruto, former Head of Public Service Francis Muthaura and journalist Joshua Sang will commence from 10th April 2013.
This also comes at a time Kenyans are debating whether Uhuru and Ruto should be allowed to vie for presidency in the coming polls, with Justice Minister Eugene Wamalwa saying they are free to do so.
AUTHOR: MAC OTANI