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Njoroge is a journalist who formerly worked for the Kenya-based People Daily. He was Africa Correspondent for the Science and Development Network (SciDev.net), a UK-based web site highlighting science and technology issues from developing countries. He also freelanced for the Switzerland-based Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO). Njoroge was a press fellow at the Wolfson College, University of Cambridge for four months in 2003, where he researched the role of alternative press in the democratization process in Africa. Njoroge currently lives in the U.S. He has studied Journalism and Technical Communication at the graduate level. Close.

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Kenya Won't Bring Leaders to Justice

It is a mockery of justice to expect the Kenyan cabinet to punish one of its own.

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bidalah Author Profile Page:

With all respect, what did you expect? You sold the fruits of political power to thugs in exchange for peace.

Sitting in my comfortable chair 10,000 miles away, I will not question that choice. I am sure that in the midst of that genocide the chance for peace of any sort was most tempting. But it makes little sense now to demand justice when the cost of that justice remains unchanged.

So long as those in power in Kenya are willing to use terror and violence to maintain that power you must choose between justice or peace. Don't ask for both.

Kipkulei Author Profile Page:

With all due respect, I think the stand taken by H.E Kibaki is a good one for peace in kenya. if we have to sacrifice the truth for the sake of peace, for heaven's sake let it be done. the situation is still volatile and trust me, if any of the top leaders speculated to be in the list are prosecuted, locally or abroad, there is going to be some form of violence. it a painful thing that Kibaki had to do but he showed statesmanship. On the contrary, PM Odinga has chosen to play politics with this issue and the pragmatic compromiser that we have known him to be has dissapeared. i wish you could be in the country then you would experience first hand whats happening before going purely legalistic on a matter that requires compromise.
the dilemma that kenya is in is this: we are told to embrace Truth, Justice and Reconciliation. Tell me, how do you reconcile without forgiving; and how do you forgive and still be just. there are two sides in this and the only thing that I want as the normal mwananchi is peace, even if I get it by not being told the truth, whatever it takes for me not to view my neighbour as them and me as us by all means let it be done.



The post facto justification for why the world has to wait 10 years before any justice can be done for crimes committes by national leaders might certainly be the reason offered by IRA1123, namely that " however odious the deeds of national leaders, the violence that could follow any more instability could be ten times worse than the violence that caused the initial [massacre]".

The ex ante reason is that dictatorial leaders have learnt, from the past failures of "wise persons" to engineer dissuasive/preventive machanisms that minimize the temptation for unscrupulous national (or multinational organisations') leaders to abuse their power, that 'if you kill one man you go to prison; if you kill a thousand they invite you to Geneva for peace talks".

There are many dissuasive and preventive mechanisms that can be applied, the mechanisms having been studied and designed in Game Theory under the notion 'optimal penal code'. The political will to apply the techniques already studied by scientists is lacking, just like the techniques for an optimal balance between financial innovation and regulation have been studied by Economists/Psychologists/Financial Engineers like Hyman Minsky, Daniel Kahneman, Nassim Nicholas-Taleb, and Ian Ayres, but the will by Alan Greenspan, Robert Rubin and Larry Summers to implement them was lacking.

newswatcherone Author Profile Page:

Thank you for speaking truth to power. In a perfect world William Ruto would be serving life in prison. In a perfect world, Raila Odinga would be censured. But, Kikuyus are now in a position where responsibility of peace-keeping has been placed in their laps. The misdirected hatred by Rift Valley and western Kenya tribes towards Kikuyus have placed us a position where we have to "just let it go" in the interest of peace and progress. I do believe that even though it appears that people like Ruto have gotten away with something, he really hasn't. They say "what goes around comes around" and those of us who are old enough have seen this many times enough to know that noone has gotten away with anything.

irk1123 Author Profile Page:

Odinga and Kibaki can't bring the perpetrators to justice because both of them took part in planning the violence, according to the report. The international community will never allow the Hague to try Odinga or Kibaki because it would throw the government into turmoil, which is the last thing Kenya needs this year. And that's why the world always has to wait a decade for any justice to be done, if at all: however odious the deeds of national leaders, the violence that could follow any more instability could be ten times worse than the violence that caused the initial report.

ruttoh Author Profile Page:

The report is a Pandora's box.The people who are listed to have planned and financed the poll chaos are being deemed guilty already and not innocent till proven guilty.If the report is implemented then if the post-poll violence was a breeze then a Hurricane is coming, trust me.Violence in the RV was sporadic coz of a stolen victory but was then amplified by other issues such as land and historical injustices.If kibaki and Raila aint going to the Hague then nobody will.

Mnnngj Author Profile Page:

I agree. Unfortunately politicians the world over are often corrupt especially in the third world where resources are tight and controlled by the elite.

Kabaki and Odinga have probably come to some agreement with each other to forgive each other as it benefits them both and allows them to reign as the monarchs they think they are.


I feel quite relieved, Mr. Wachai, that you have now seen the light, and are ready to see that both Raila Odinga AND Mwai Kibaki have been privy to the atrocities that had been committed in early 2008, just as it is highly probable that, as South African prisoner and apartheid-era security police commander Eugene De Kock has stated, former President F. W. De Klerk of South Africa had his hands 'soaked in blood' and had even been privy to atrocities against two teenage girls that had been committed just days before he was going to be presented with the Nobel peace prize.

I have not heard much of an outcry that De Klerk should be brought in front of the ICC. I thoroughly agree with the report's recommendation that there are "two paths to punish these suspected murderers: to form a local tribunal .... or let the suspects face the International Criminal Court in The Hague". I have some reservations about an ultimatum for doing this being set at February 29, 2009. Why the rush when, years after the massacres in Bosnia, Ratko Mladic is still at large even though reporters have provided details of the restaurant where he has been spotted, a fact-based movie has been made (The Hunting Party), and, I repeat, I don't hear much of an outcry about De Klerk?

And then again, how about W. and his Deputy?

Fair enough: if raking all this muck can only result in further abominations, let us forgive them (ON THE EXPRESS PROVISO THAT THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN MOST SEVERELY AND MOST DIRECTLY AFFECTED ARE READY TO FORGIVE) -- but then, forgive them all, including Daniel Arap Moi who also has much to answer for. Not selectively.

Unfortunately, they got Saddam, but all these others are on the loose!

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