Posted by: Family Media | September 28, 2010

Is ICC healing for the Nation?

Now that Louis Moreno-Ocampo is expected to jet into the country any time next month, what do Kenyans expect of him? Is he the solution to their trouble? Will he heal the wounded hearts? What are some of the possible solutions? Or are people expecting too much from him?

Louis Moreno-Ocampo has become a house hold name in the country; people believe that he has the solution to the country’s teething problem. Visit the villages and towns, ask them to describe the man and you will get all sorts of answers and descriptions. But they all have one thing in common; they paint the man as a ‘saviour’, the only person who, currently, can avert repercussions of the violence that took place in 2007/08.

But who’s this man called Ocampo? For starters, he is the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) based at The Hague. So what is his main aim? To bring an end to impunity in the country. This is a rampant problem amongst Kenyan leaders; they do anything knowing that they will not be asked. This has caused so much trouble and pain in the country. So what are some of the possible solution(s)? Is it in Kenyans themselves? Or is the ICC the solution for the Nation? Where is the church in all this? Could it be our only solution?

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  1. It would be wrong for Kenyans to expect the ICC to heal this nation. Louis Moreno-Ocampo will only be doing his duty as an employee of the court. Kenya being a signatory of the Rome treaty, agreed to have part of these things happen to her if and when it does. The Swahili saying is true “Mkuki kwa binadamu mchungu ila kwa nguruwe mtamu.” I don’t think Kenya joining in this treaty they thought it would only cut some one out there like Charles Taylor. Never did we think our own Wanjiku and Adhiambo could be affected if swung our way.

    The problem is that the people to be nabbed in the ICC net will be the sharks and the whales of the post electoral violence. This should however create room for the government to move and prosecute the others. The loop holes however in our justice system has failed to have any effect- This especially on the perpetrators of the Kiambu church in Eldoret.

    The overhaul of the Justice system in Kenya is wanting. When our politicians want these big fish to be tried here, it is because they know that a nolle-proseque shall be entered and the will go Scot- free. ICC said it would make Kenya an example to the world. This may never be if and unless there is an overhaul in the way things are done in Kenya. I however want to remain optimistic… The organizers and perpetrators of all these may never try it again knowing that they escaped like a bird from a fowler’s snare.

    I beg to just ask that the right question be asked… If for instance I was arrested by the ICC, would Justice be done when the people displaced are still languishing in the IDP camps? Would Justice be done to the many widows, widowers, orphans and people who lost their loved ones? Can there be a means of compensation to these families? NO AMOUNT OF MONEY WOULD REPAY THEIR LOSS.

    Healing for this nation will take time. Psalm 33:12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance. When Kenya turns to God and when Christians understand they have been called to stand in the gap for this nation: It is time for us to be steadfast on the Lord. 2Chronicals 16:9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.


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