Kenyan Christians, Muslims Want International Court Action

May 14, 2010

Author: Fredrick Nzwili

Source: Ecumenical News International

A number of Christian and Muslim leaders in Kenya have called on the International Criminal Court to punish those behind the 2007 to 2008 post-election violence that tore apart the country, regardless of the positions of the perpetrators. 

The religious leaders say that the beginning of the ICC's investigations in Kenya, plus the presence of Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo in the east African country, are "a blessing", and proper punishment would deter any future violence. 

"It (Ocampo's arrival) is a blessing because there are issues that have to be addressed in this country," Roman Catholic Cardinal John Njue told journalists on 11 May in Nairobi. "When certain problems remain as they are … they always become a source of pain in the community." 

The religious leaders met Ocampo on 11 May in the Kenyan capital, and submitted their views to him. The prosecutor is in Kenya to lead investigations and to meet some victims.