HOPE OCAMPO WALKS THE TALK “Kenya will be an example to the world”.
International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo will arrive in Nairobi early next month to meet President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga over the planned trial of key post-election violence suspects. Mr. Moreno-Ocampo on Tuesday received a letter from the government, inviting him to discuss the details of the trials on November 3. His office immediately confirmed that he would personally make the trip.
However, Mr. Moreno-Ocampo has made it clear that he would deal with not more than four of the 11 key suspects. The others, he said in his letter, should be tried by a local tribunal which the government has to establish in line with internationally-accepted standards, which require that the cases are cushioned from interference by the President’s and the Attorney-General’s powers to pardon suspects or terminate cases.
During his visit to Kenya last week, Mr. Annan also stated that both the Hague trials and the local tribunal have to be adopted to ensure justice for the victims. The government is now exploring the possibility of side-stepping Parliament in the formation of the local tribunal. Sources said a Special Division of the High Court could be set up to try the executors of the chaos.
Mr. Moreno-Ocampo’s November trip could signal a surprise to key politicians who opposed the local tribunal Bills in the hope that The Hague would take a longer time to start investigating the Kenyan case. The ICC prosecutor is expected to either seek the government’s help in arresting the suspects or allowing ICC investigators to arrest them at an appropriate time.
The Justice Minister said he was setting the record right over the ICC prosecutor’s impending visit which had been clouded in mystery. “There is a lot of confusion over this matter and I want to state here that I am waiting for Ocampo to confirm that he will come,” Mr. Kilonzo said.
Okay Mr. Kilonzo Kenyans are eagerly waiting for Ocampo’s confirmation. It will be a good lesson to the whole world and particularly our future leaders.