Just last week the two remaining cases of crimes against humanity were officially dismissed citing insufficient evidence.The cases were referred to the ICC after the majority of the M.Ps unanimously agreed the cases were better off in the Hague rather than before a local tribunal.So after the decision to kick out the two cases,the victims lawyer though unsatisfied with this move mentioned that they would not appeal.
For the two individuals,this brings about happiness but I guess for the victims,a spell of doom engulfs their hope for justice.The scars of those injured may have healed but what of those with scars of emotional stress having lost their loved ones or more so lost their normal life.The government has promised to look into the plight of the PEV victims and do the necessary but one wonders whether this promise holds water, bearing in mind it’s 8 years+ since the violence took place.No top leaders have been charged yet in connection to this violence and at the same time its obvious the victims know some of their attackers very well because it so happened that a neighbor could turn against another neighbor all due to being to a different tribe and still nothing has been done to the well-known culprits.
But then the prosecutor opted to ask the government to surrender three individuals who were accused of manipulating crucial witnesses, something which really interfered with the two cases by making them very week. A few days ago, a leader allied to the ruling coalition made some remarks that the ICC had no business make any demands as far as the individuals are concerned because it had proved to many that it’s not up to the task of delivering.
Kenya needs to remain a member of the Rome statute to maintain sanity to those leaders who think that bleaching the peace of a country is the only way to pass a strong political message. One thing is for sure as long as ICC is watching then crime offenders will definitely keep off.