Kibaki: No amnesty for criminals
Published on March 19, 2008, 12:00 am
By Standard Reporters and PPS
THE Government will pursue and prosecute the perpetrators, organisers and financiers of post-election violence, President Kibaki said on Tuesday.
He ruled out the possibility of granting amnesty to those behind the skirmishes, adding that the perpetrators must pay for their crime.
Speaking at the Kenya Police College-Kiganjo in Nyeri where he presided over the passing out of 1,580 police recruits on Tuesday, Kibaki ordered the security agency to move fast and investigate all the crimes related to post-election violence.
“We will pursue those who incited, organised, or financed the gangs that caused the mayhem so that they can also pay for their role in the violence,” said Kibaki.
He added: “I wish to assure Kenyans that the police will fully investigate all the crimes related to post-election violence in order to apprehend and prosecute those who committed the offences.”
The President also praised the police and other security forces for their swift actions that saved many lives, which would have been lost in the mayhem.
Meanwhile, Japan has granted Kenya Sh1.3 billion to assist internally displaced farmers buy fertilizer and seeds for the approaching planting season. The Government has also started assisting farmers to till land and buy seeds and fertilizers.
Meeting Kenya’s Prime Minister-Designate, Mr Raila Odinga, at Pentagon House, Nairobi, on Tuesday, Japan Foreign Affairs Vice Minister, Mr Itsunori Onodera, said his country would assist Kenya out of its looming food crisis.
The money will be channeled through the World Food Programme to assist the affected farmers. Raila thanked Japan and urged other international development partners to follow suit.
He allayed fears that the country would face a food crisis due to delayed preparation of land, adding that the National Cereals and Produce Board owed farmers Sh450 million, but the Government was doing all it could to have the money paid.
Elsewhere, the Vice-President, Mr Kalonzo Musyoka, has asked Japanese investors to invest in Kenya. He particularly told car manufacturers to start an assembly plant and tap into the expansive market in the Comesa region.
“Please consider setting up an assembly plant in Kenya for some of your cars to serve the region,” Kalonzo said. He made the remarks at his Jogoo House office when he received a Japanese delegation led by Onodera.