ODM case against State to continue
Published on March 25, 2008, 12:00 am
By Peter Atsiaya, George Olwenya and Karanja Njoroge
A case ODM filed against the Government at the international court in The Hague will not be withdrawn despite the power-sharing deal.
ODM MP, Mr James Orengo, said the PNU leadership would still appear before the court to defend the Government against the post-election killings.
The Ugenya MP explained that the party had not withdrawn the case it filed at the height of the unrest, which it blames on the PNU-led Government.
He said signing of the deal and creation of the prime minister’s position would not make ODM withdraw the case from the international court.
“People who lost their loved ones want justice to be done and we are determined to help them achieve this,” Orengo said. He was speaking to The Standard at Ugunja market after attending the burial of Mr Oscar Juma Obala, who was in charge of security at Orange House at Oromba village in Ugenya. He added, “We have presented our case to the International Criminal Court investigating wing and we are waiting for the response.”
The MP said the international court’s rules require that the investigative team probe cases presented before it by the aggrieved people before allowing the matter to proceed.
“ODM compiled its findings and presented them to the court and we are waiting for the response before we proceed,” Orengo, who said he was optimistic that ODM’s case would be heard and culprits face the consequences, noted.
“We decided to go to The Hague because we believed we could get fair hearing.”
Meanwhile, Nobel Peace Laureate, Prof Wangari Maathai, now wants investigation launched to ascertain the role played by the police force in post-election violence.
Maathai said the probe was important to establish why the security forces could not prevent the violence.
Speaking during a peace and reconciliation meeting in Njoro division, Molo District, Maathai said security forces failed Kenyans at a crucial time.
“Such investigation would ensure that what we witnessed after the elections is never repeated,” she said.
The former Tetu MP said allegations that the police used excessive force in quelling riots should not be ignored.
Victims of post-election violence who spoke to Maathai said they could not trust the police to provide security as they returned to their homes.
The displaced people at various camps indicated they were ready to go back to their homes, but still had little confidence in the police.
Maathai said the perception that the police were biased in the manner they handled the violence still existed among the victims.
“The security forces who were dispatched to contain the violence took sides, hence losing the confidence of the victims,” she added.