Kenyans march to protest ICC's naming of suspects


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Supporters of Kenya's Finance Minister Kenyatta participate in a demonstration against the ICC in the capital Nairobi

By Humphrey Malao and Wangui Kanina
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Several hundred people protested in Kenya's capital Thursday over the naming of suspects in election violence by the International Criminal Court (ICC), but a human rights group said those named should quit their posts.

The Hague-based court Wednesday said three Kenyan cabinet ministers and a former police chief helped mastermind the deadly violence that rocked the east African country following disputed presidential elections in December 2007.

The news did not affect Kenya's markets. But analysts said the ICC process could destabilise the country's fragile coalition government of President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga set up to end the bloodshed.

In another move, Kenya's parliament began debating a motion to withdraw from the Rome Statute that establishes the Hague court and block the court from prosecuting the suspects.

About 300 protesters meandered peacefully through some streets in Nairobi, shouting demands that the ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo should drop his case against Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and Secretary to the Cabinet, Francis Muthaura.

Traffic police shepherded the protesters through designated roads in what appeared to be an organised demonstration.

The protesters were led by three members of parliament, and waved placards that read "Uhuru is our hero!," "Ocampo's list is fake!" and "(We) want a local tribunal!"

Prominent among the six suspects were deputy prime minister Kenyatta, son of Kenya's founding father Jomo Kenyatta, and William Ruto, the higher education minister who has been suspended to fight a corruption case.

Moreno-Ocampo said the charges include murder, forcible transfer of population, political persecution, torture and rape.

The suspects said Wednesday they would go voluntarily to The Hague as they were confident they could clear their names.

President Mwai Kibaki reiterated Thursday that he would take no action yet against the suspects because the ICC case was not complete, and also called for peace countrywide.

"SUSPECTS SHOULD QUIT"

However, the state-funded Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) said the six suspects should quit their posts.

"We are not saying they are guilty we are saying that it is imperative that if you are under investigation, you should not be sitting in the same office where you have ... access to information that may be required in your own investigation," said Florence Jaoko-Simbiri, KNCHR's chairwoman.

More than 1,220 people died and 350,000 were displaced in the mayhem that followed the general election, severely damaging Kenya's reputation for stability in a turbulent region.

The ICC case is intended to act as a deterrent against violence in future elections, next due in 2012, demonstrating that politicians who instigate mayhem will be punished.

The motion to withdraw Kenya from the Rome Statute was sponsored by Isaac Ruto, who is allied to, but not related to, the higher education minister of the same name.

"The intention of my motion is to state the mood of this house and the country as a whole. The Rome Statute allows the withdrawal of a country and we must be in a position to exercise our right to do so as a country," he said in parliament.

No date has been set for a vote on the motion, which Justice Minister Mutula Kilonzo opposed: "We cannot act on emotions; we cannot act out of fears but follow the law."

(Writing by James Macharia; Editing by Jon Boyle)

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pay several young jobless people to "protest" so that you seem to be popular.

kenyan political leaders are sh!t
 
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hata mimi nilistuka! hawa washapewa vijihela tu!
 
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uhuru kenyata ana nafasi kubwa ya kuwa rais ajaye wa kenya .
 
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Ocampo ishia zako tuachie Afrika yetu. Mahakama ni fake na upuuzi mtupu kwa vile hamna fairness. Kama ingekuwa mahakama ya kweli iliyo fair George Bush Jr angekuwa mahakamani jela mmoja na Charles Taylor kwa mauaji yanayoendelea huko Iraq
 
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Hii stori inachekesha kweli.
Hatua 1: Wanasiasa wote wanapatana lazima wakosaji wa machinjo baada ya uchaguzi wafikishwe mahakamani; ama mbele ya mahakama ya tribunal ya Kenya au mbele ya mahakama ya kimataifa ya jinai
Hatua 2: Wanasiasa bungeni wanazuia sheria ya kuunda mahakama ya tribunal ya Kenya
Hatua 3: Ocampo wa mahakama ya kimataifa ya jinai anaanza kazi, wanasiasa bungeni wanaendelea na shughuli nyingine wakiona Ocampo yuko mbaaali sana
Hatua 4: Ocampo anafika Kenya wanasiasa wanaona kumbe yuko karibu
Hatua 5: Wanasiasa wanaanza jitihada za kufuta sheria ya kuunga Kenya na mahakama ya kimataifa wanadai mahakama ya tribunal
Hatua 6: wafuasi wao wanashtuka (ghafla kabisaaa) wanaandmana kutetea uhuru wa Kenya dhidi ya koloni mamboleo ya Ocampo
 
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Yani watu washapewa vipeni na wako tayari kuandamana na kukula teargas na rubber bullets, kweli wanasiasa wa Kenya a wananchi ni vichaa. Ocampo azidi kukaza mkanda, asiwape nafasi ya kutulia wauaji hawa, awashtaki na watiwe korokoroni, we can do better without this fools.
 
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Kichwa cha habari cha mwandishi kinapotosha, tunajua hao walioandamana siyo Wakenya, bali ni kabila mojawapo la Kenya ndilo liliandamana kumpinga Ocampo.

Itakuwa kweli 'Wakenya Waandamana Kumpinga Ocampo' hapo maandamano yakiwa nchi nzima kuanzia Province za Pwani, Central, Rift Valley mpaka Nyanza.

Manake Kenya hata kura za maoni kuhusu Katiba Mpya zilienda 'kikabila' kama wakati wa uchaguzi mkuu wa Kenya.
 

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