Just a few days ago, the rule 68 was earmarked as a landmark ruling at which we waited to hear what it would be like. Post Election Violence (PEV) is the very reason why we have pending cases in The Hague. Maybe some people had no idea what this law was all about and looking at what was brewing in the social media, tribal-political heat carried the day. Okay the ruling was done supposedly favoring the accused but what of the victims; what were they left to lean on?
I think as a country the majority of Kenyans are insensitive of the plight of the victims who suffered under the hands of the heinous attackers with nobody to fight for them not even our leaders. Imagine those who were raped, those whose homes were reduced to ashes or those who had their loved ones murdered or burnt alive in the church massacre just to mention a few, the word ‘election’ surely sends a chilling breeze down their veins.
Even after the ruling was done, the prosecutor frankly said that her case against the accused was weak and so this leaves us with almost right guesses that these cases may eventually be terminated just like that. And if this happens, then one wonders what other justice we are looking forward to prevail for the sake of the victims. For the loss of property, this can be remedied by compensation in monetary terms but of rape and loss of lives of loved ones, there is no way to make anyone to feel better bearing in mind the mental stress that comes with such deadly scenarios.
But even after we follow the upcoming events as far as the cases in The Hague are concerned, the fact is there are many Kenyans out there who perpetrated those dreadful acts only that it’s hard to know them. The victims may continue to suffer mentally but you who took part and hurt anybody, just be sure that payback time will still up catch with you and you will not like it. You can be the hypocrite who is shouting that the two accused should be behind bars but God is watching and knows what you did during PEV.