Will the government of Kenya backtrack on its promise to cooperate with the ICC? Will they surrender the documents being sought by the international court to facilitate investigations? And will they hand over the suspects when that time come?
After the post 2007/08 violence, the government vowed to ensure that justice prevails. It promised to cut down on impunity and ensure the main culprits face the law at the end of the day. How will they do this, is it through the ICC. The idea was welcomed by an entertaining majority.
As a matter of fact, they even came up with a slogan ‘Don’t be Vague, go to The Hague’.
It seemed like a new dawn for the country. For the first time in the country’s history, powerful government officials would be held responsible for their actions. The ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo promised to make Kenya an example.
But as the clock ticks, we are seeing government officials jump boat, reading from different scripts and saying that, under the New Constitution, Kenya has got the power to handle post-election violence suspects and that the ICC should withdraw the case.
So a number of questions come into mind. After promising to cooperate with the ICC, the government is falling back on its word? Or will it keep to its word?