Do not reopen 2007/8 post election violence cases: NCIC warns.

Do not reopen 2007/8 post election violence cases: NCIC warns.

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has warned that any attempt to reopen the 2007-08 post election cases could plunger the country into fresh chaos.

The commission noted that communities involved in the violence that left tens dead and hundreds displaced had forgiven each other and moved on.

This comes a day after the DCIO Kinoti George Kinoti moved in to clarify that his office did not intend to reopen the cases as earlier feared.

On Monday, Kinoti while addressing victims of the post election violence noted that they were ready to go for PEV perpetrators a move that raised hue and cry from leaders in Rift Valley.

The Deputy President William Ruto termed Kinoti’s statement as provocative incitement to ethnic hate and division ” The provocative INCITEMENT to ethnic hate/division INTENDED by the resurrections of PEV is an EVIL attempt to resuscitate the TRIBE project DESTROYED by the HUSTLER movements’ REALISATION that poverty unemployment DELIBERATELY bred by poor leadership is our PROBLEM NOT our tribes”

NCIC chairman Reverend Dr. Samuel Kobia welcomed the clarification from Kinoti over the PEV cases noting that the previous statement had raised concern and fear in some quarters.

He said that there was no need to reopen the cases as this would end up creating fresh tension and mistrust among communities affected by the violence.

“The victims agree that what they went through was painful but they have healed and forgiven each other and there is no need to go back there again,” he said.

Kobia said that the commission was keen to build on the unity and forgiveness that the affected communities had reached after the bloody 2007 elections.

“As the country heads to the proposed referendum, we are keenly monitoring the situation to make sure that the nine issues identified in the BBI report are attained,” he said.

A government supporter is beaten by a mob of opposition protestors in the Mathare slum in the aftermath of inter-ethnic violence after national elections. January 2008. Boniface Mwangi/The Stand

On his part DCI boss retracted his earlier statement saying that PEV cases will not be revisited.

“My address yesterday was in no way intended to mean that we are going to open completed cases which were investigated and closed. It was an acknowledgement of concerns raised by Kenyans, to assure the public of commitment by the DCI to investigate all the reported threats to security and to sensitize the public on the need for peaceful coexistence,” he said.

A section of Kikuyu elders in Rift Valley dismisses move by State to reopen 2007/2008 post-election violence cases as reported by Nation Media. http://www.nation.co.ke

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