Kenyan survivors of the 2007 post election violence which left over a thousand people dead watched in ernest the televised announcement that someone at last will stand trial.
The International Criminal Court at the Hague has indicted four prominent Kenyans including two who are standing in next year’s presidential election.
They are all charged with crimes against humanity.
Survivor of the 2007 violence, Anne Kandie said:
“I have waited for this for a very long time because I was terribly hurt by what happened, I had to see my rights recognised because if there was no case then my rights would have been trampled on.”
Human Rights Activist Ken Wafula gave his view:
“Full justice will only be attained if the four of them get convicted, a local tribunal should be established to deal with those who burnt people’s houses or killed their relatives.”
The presidential campaigns of Fiance Minister Uhruru Kenyatta, son of Kenya’s founding president, along with former minister William Ruto are now in doubt. All four of the indicted deny the accusations.
In 2007 following a disputed election ferocious intercommunal violence erupted. Some 600,000 people were forced to flee their homes.
The accused are said to have helped organise the rampaging militias.
But while many welcome the court’s move others fear it might provoke renewed violence in tribally split Kenya.