The move by Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka’s change of heart to support the implementation of the report is laudable.
Justice must be pursued either through a local tribunal or in The Hague so long as the truth is finally established. It’s better to safeguard truth and justice for 38 Million Kenyans instead of shielding a few politicians. This will also give the thousands of Kenyans who lost their loved ones to get justice.
The truth is always a reliever to an agony even if there is no gain. A British tycoon whose daughter was killed in Kenya 20 years a go has not given up his quest for justice. The agony experienced in Naivasha where people were killed by power saws, men circumcised with testicles tied on electric poles are all tragedies whose truth must be told without favour.
Leave alone the victims who perished in an inferno inside the Kiambaa Church in Eldoret and women who died on labour pains while hiding in tea plantations in the Rift Valley. These are unforgivable crimes that require full truth and perpetrators found guilty must be punished.
They can’t be can’t be left to go scot-free. When the Waki envelope is finally opened, those mentioned must stand in the dock to face justice, just like Charles Taylor of Liberia and former Yugoslavia President, the late Slobodan Milosevic. This must be done locally or in The Hague .
Why should we be the first to point fingers at Kabuga of Rwanda to face The Hague when our own Kabugas who masterminded the mayhem and destruction are on our backyards? Alleged perpetrators of the violence must be ready for three verdicts whose outcomes encompass this: The hangman’s noose, life imprisonment or forthright acquittal if found not guilty.
This is the true measure of justice in any Country. Politicians must stop perpetuating political cronyism through the Waki report. This old Kanu mentality does not have room in modern Kenyan. Leaders of this calibre are not worthy their weight for national leadership.
Ganging up in tribal cocoons to call the report shoddy and mere hearsay is being dishonest with the truth and Kenyans cannot trust such leaders for political office. Critics of the Waki report like honourable William Ruto, Ababu Namwamba and previously Uhuru Kenyatta are new generation leaders who must lead by example and stop whining to shield the truth.
Let them sober up and let justice take its own cause. Kenyans expected them to be the best friends of the report if they were true patriots ready for a positive revolution on justice in our Country. The person who shepherded the Commission is a man with exemplary integrity who survived a purge that brought many judges down over allegations of corruption in the Judiciary after he was proved innocent.
No doubt, Justice Waki’s report is an authentic document that will help Kenya to unravel the truth and thereafter, the nation will start to heal. Wanting the Waki report trashed to perpetuate impunity which has bedevilled Kenya for decades is unacceptable.
Truth and justice does not impress all people but without it, it’s elusive to talk about harmony and reconciliation. The Country will achieve reconciliation and harmony after the truth has been told. This is how we can spur our institutions of justice and bring sanity in our governance systems by ending atrocities and human rights violations instigated by politicians for their selfish ends.