Water Minister Charity Ngilu has a long history and reputation for speaking her mind and not caring too much about the consequences.
Now she is asking a very simple but direct question. What was the role of President Mwai Kibaki in the post election violence? Now before the tribalists come out heaving and breathing fire, let us pause for a moment of quiet sober and non-partisan reflection.
Kenyans are unanimous in agreeing that there should be no amnesty and that all perpetrators of post election violence should face the full force of the law. That is fine. But please remember that already many innocent Kenyans are languishing in jail for mostly being at the wrong place at the wrong time. And this was mostly because they happened to be poor. Quite a number of the guilty ones are already dead and some are already answering to their heinous acts in the courts. And all this is going on when none of the people right at the centre of triggering the whole mess are roaming the country scot free. Some of these people are now loudly asking for amnesty.
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Folks please let us learn how to be a little sensitive. Imagine what those Kenyans who suffered greatly as a result of the skirmishes feel when they hear the word “amnesty.” Those whose nothers. Sisters, wives and girl friends were brutually raped. Those whose loved ones were killed as they watched. Have mercy. Don’t you think that the call for amnesty is making them live through the nightmare all over again?
We said in this blog very early on that election violence perpetrators should either all be prosecuted or all given amnesty. In other words there should not be any selective justice. Especially if that justice is meted out Kenya-style where there is a very different way of handling the poor while the rich mined and political class can never seem to be touched by the same law.
Now the truth of the matter is that the whole post-election violence horrors were triggered off by a stolen election. So justice must start where the problem started surely. What makes this whole thing even sadder is the fact that those close to the president and indeed the president himself were fully briefed (if we are to believe the NSIS) on the consequences of election theft. But still they went ahead and to make matters worse, without taking the necessary precautions to limit the loss of human life. Indeed there is evidence to suggest that certain arms of the security forces deliberately went out to kill, the objective being to scare demonstrators and other would-be trouble makers from escalating the violence. Well this plan fell flat on its’ face and what saddens me the most is the fact that one of the reasons why this happened was that those making decisions had no idea at all where the masses of Kenya are coming from and the kind of suffering going on within the borders of our beautiful country just because of impunity and bad politics.
So Mr President, even as you suddenly shift gears about this amnesty thing, please tell us, what was your role in the post election violence. Plenty of innocent blood belonging to Kenyans is crying out from the ground for an answer to that question.
Again I ask, what was your role Mr President?
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