Kenyans hope ICC opens window to justice
As the first three of the ‘Ocampo six’ soldiered on through the tough, painstaking and crucial journey of defending themselves against allegations of crimes against humanity last week, many Kenyans have high hopes that the International Criminal Court (ICC) process has opened a window of delivering justice for the 2008 post-election violence.
There are those who feel the ICC will not offer any solution to the violence that left about 1,300 people dead, 350,000 others displaced and property worth millions of shillings destroyed.
Despite these variations, there is a lot of interest in the proceedings as most Kenyans remain glued to their TV sets to monitor the confirmation of charges hearings that started on September 1 for MPs William Ruto, Henry Kosgey and Radio personality Joshua arap Sang.
Most of the main TV stations in Kenya have altered their normal programming to relay live coverage of the proceedings at The Hague.
Gregory (not his real name) a victim of the violence who is now living in Kisumu after he was displaced from Eldoret says the proceedings at The Hague remind Kenyans of the prevailing ethnic strife in 2008.