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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Post-election violence victims want compensation

lawyer Wilfred Nderitu./FILE
lawyer Wilfred Nderitu./FILE

Victims of the 2007-08 post-election violence want the International Criminal Court to compel the Kenyan government to compensate them.

They have filed an application before the ICC judges saying the Kenyan government should be asked to pay them for harm suffered during the post-election violence.

The victims say the government expressed its commitment to addressing the plight of victims but has done nothing.

The victims said after the collapse of the case against Deputy President William Ruto and journalist Joshua Sang, the government bears “an obligation to provide adequate, effective and prompt reparation for various forms of harm suffered.”

They also want the court to make an order directed at the Trust Fund for Victims to urgently find ways of initiating and providing assistance to all victims.

Through their lawyer Wilfred Nderitu, they said it is necessary to fully understand and monitor the reaction of the government to the termination of Ruto’s and Sang’s cases.

Nderitu said this is particularly in relation to the general plight of victims and specifically regarding the invitation for victims to express their views and concerns on the question of reparation and assistance.

“There is need to send out a public and general alert on worsening inter-ethnic relations and political tension in Kenya ahead of general election scheduled for August 2017,” Nderitu told judges yesterday.

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