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“According to a survey made this week, 67 percent of 2,060 Kenyans eagerly want to see President Uhuru Kenyatta and his aide persecuted for crimes against humanity as the law requires,” a source said.
The Hague-based tribunal in October of this year postponed Kenyatta’s trial to 5th February 2014.
This decision has not pleased Kenyans, most of whom were maimed, displaced or their relatives and friends murdered in the 2007 massacres.
In the meantime, Kenyatta is busy rallying his fellow African leaders to condemn ICC’s action claiming that his trial poses a security problem to Kenya especially after September’s militant attack on Nairobi’s Westgate Mall.
However, according to Tawanda Hondora, the deputy director of law and policy at Amnesty International, if ICC succumbs to such whims, then the Kenyan masses will never receive the justice they deserve.
“Deferring the ICC trial of Kenya’s President would set a dangerous precedent for international justice because the victims of the post-election violence in Kenya have waited long enough for justice,” Hondora observed.
Hondora joins a long list of other persons who doubt ICC’s expediency and steadfastness.
Ugandan female politician, Betty Kamya believes that the ICC is a “toothless dog” that can easily be influenced by super powers to abort justice or misdirect condemnation to the weaker states.
In that light too, the Uganda Media Centre has released statistics which show that between 2006 to 2009, over two thousand complaints had been logged to the ICC and 60 percent of these were from the USA, UK and Germany but the court only condemned and concentrated on the remaining 40 percent most of which were from African countries.
Truth be told, the 60% percent of Kenyans who want their leaders tried and prosecuted stand at a disadvantage considering the deferral that involves influential African heads of states.
Although UN Security Council turned down a previous deferral request by Kenya in 2011 and rejected a request in May this year, there is no guarantee that they will keep this courage.