Not a single Kenyan who was alive after the general elections in December 2007 can say they do not remember the aftermath of the so called democratic process. The bloodshed, destruction and betrayal that transpired over the following month is permanently etched in everyone’s memory and psyche. Following the signing of the controversial national accord and the subsequent formation of a grand coalition government, Justice Waki working through a commission setup to investigate the violence produced a report that is yet to be made public.
He handed over an envelope containing the names of the 6 most culpable individuals who are believed to be the drivers, organizers and/or facilitators of the events that transpired. They have been infamously referred to as the ocampo 6 (after the Chief prosecutor of the ICC Luis Moreno Ocampo) or Hague 6 (after the City the ICC is situated at).
The 6 suspects are Hon. William Ruto, Hon Uhuru Kenyatta, Joshua Sang, Hon. Henry kosgei, Amb. Francis Muthaura, Gen. Mohammed Ali.These are an assortment of ministers, radio journalists, Civil servants and a senior military official.
On the 7th and 8th of April 2011 the suspects made their first appearance at the court. The real news comes on the 11th of April when the first batch of suspects lands at JKIA and proceed to be welcomed like long lost heroes that have just arrived after an epic battle that was fought for ages. that some of the mobs that gathered were probably paid to show up goes without saying but the coverage by the media was simply embarrassing and galling. They lauded the returning suspects like they were worthy of some sort of international nay interplanetary recognition.
That lives were lost and the victims of the PEV (Post election violence) are still languishing in refugee camps was conveniently forgotten as the elite waved to the supporters from the Toyota Prados and Range rovers.
These are strange times indeed.