News / Africa

ICC Official Arrives in Kenya for Reconciliation Talks

Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, left, talks with ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, right, during the opening of the Review Conference of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court in Kampala, Uganda, May 31, 2010 (file photo)
Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, left, talks with ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, right, during the opening of the Review Conference of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court in Kampala, Uganda, May 31, 2010 (file photo)

Multimedia

Audio
TEXT SIZE - +
Michael Onyiego

International Criminal Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo is in Kenya as the country anxiously awaits his warrants for the masterminds of the country's post-election chaos.

As he winds down his investigation into the post-election chaos that rocked Kenya in 2008, Moreno-Ocampo arrived in Nairobi Tuesday evening to participate in a discussion on the country's reconciliation process.

The discussion, lead by former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, who mediated Kenya's peace deal in 2008, will address the country's implementation of the provisions outlined in the deal, as well as the pace of reforms since 2008.

There has been building anticipation for Ocampo's presentation of his case to The Hague. He has previously stated he would issue arrest warrants at some point in December.
The prosecutor has promised to pursue justice for the victims of Kenya's violence.

"Crimes happened here," said Ocampo. "People were killed, there was rape, houses were burned; that happened. There are some allegations someone was involved. This is not about political parties, this is not about political responsibilities, this is about criminal responsibilities. That is my job."

Ocampo's interest in the post-election chaos began in late 2009 when Mr. Annan sent him the findings of the Waki Report, an investigation launched by a local commission into the violence. The findings were handed to the prosecutor after Kenya failed for nearly two years to pursue those responsible. Ocampo has revealed he would pursue two cases against three individuals each when he presents his findings to The Hague.

Since the launch of his investigation in March, there has been wide speculation as to who might be targeted. Some politicians who were mentioned in the Waki Report worried they might be unfairly targeted.

Ocampo responded to such criticism by secretly inviting the targets of his investigation to give statements in the Netherlands. In a surprise move, former Higher Education Minister and 2012 presidential hopeful William Ruto flew to The Hague in November in order to "set the record straight."

While many Kenyan's hope for justice, there also is worry that the country's prominent political figures will be protected from arrest.

President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga have both assured the international community of their intention to cooperate, but Kenya has sent mixed signals in recent months, twice inviting wanted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to the country.  

Kenya failed to arrest Mr. Bashir when he attended the promulgation ceremony for the country's new constitution, provoking the ire of the Court and the international community alike.

More than 1,000 people were killed in the two months following the December 2007 presidential election. President Kibaki and then-rival Raila Odinga accused each other of fraud, sparking ethnic clashes across the country. More than 300,000 people were displaced by the violence, many of who remain without homes to this day.



You May Like

Algerians Vote in Presidential Election

There were few media reports of protests and clashes around the country, but so far no significant violence More

Sharks More Evolved than Previously Thought

The discovery could “profoundly affect our understanding of evolutionary history” More

Pakistan Military Asked to Protect Polio Workers

Request comes as authorities say a Taliban ban on vaccinations in 2012 and deadly attacks on anti-polio teams have prevented thousands of children from getting inoculated More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Google Buys Drone Companyi
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X
George Putic
April 15, 2014
In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Google Buys Drone Company

In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Ray Bonneville Sings the Blues and More on New CD

Singer/songwriter Ray Bonneville has released a new CD called “Easy Gone” with music that reflects his musical and personal journey from French-speaking Canada to his current home in Austin,Texas. The eclectic artist’s fan base extends from Texas to various parts of North America and Europe. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Austin.
Video

Video Millions Labor in Pakistan's Informal Economy

The World Bank says that in Pakistan, roughly 70 percent work in the so-called informal sector, a part of the economy that is unregulated and untaxed. VOA's Sharon Behn reports from Islamabad on how the informal sector impact's the Pakistani economy.
Video

Video Passover Celebrates Liberation from Bondage

Jewish people around the world are celebrating Passover, a commemoration of their liberation from slavery in Egypt more than 3,300 years ago. According to scripture, God helped the Jews, led by Moses, escape bondage in Egypt and cross the Red Sea into the desert. Zlatica Hoke reports that the story of the Jewish Exodus resonates with other people trying to escape slave-like conditions.
Video

Video Police Pursue Hate Crime Charges Against Kansas Shooting Suspect

Prosecutors are sifting through the evidence in the wake of Sunday’s shootings in a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri that left three people dead. A suspect in the shootings taken into custody is a white supremacist. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, he was well-known to law enforcement agencies and human rights groups alike.
Video

Video In Eastern Ukraine, Pro-unity Activists Emerge from Shadows

Amid the pro-Russian uprisings in eastern Ukraine, there is a large body of activists who support Ukrainian unity and reject Russian intervention. Their activities have remained largely underground, but they are preparing to take on their pro-Moscow opponents, as Henry Ridgwell reports from the eastern city of Donetsk.
Video

Video Basket Maker’s Skills Have World Reach

A prestigious craft show in the U.S. capital offers one-of-a-kind creations by more than 120 artists working in a variety of media. As VOA’s Julie Taboh reports from Washington, one artist lucky enough to be selected says sharing her skills with women overseas is just as significant.
Video

Video UN Report Urges Speedier Action to Avoid Climate Disaster

A new United Nations report says the world must switch from fossil fuels to cleaner energy sources to control the effects of climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the report (Sunday) following a meeting of scientists and government representatives in Berlin. The comprehensive review follows two recent IPCC reports that detail the certainty of climate change, its impacts and in this most recent report what to do about it. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble has the details.
AppleAndroid