Njoro Member of Parliament Charity Kathambi has called on Director of Criminal Investigation George Kinoti to re-think his decision to revive 2007/2008 Post-election violence cases.
Addressing the media in Nakuru on Tuesday morning, the Jubilee Legislator who has been on the frontline in Championing for Peaceful co-existence in Njoro, said the DCI’s move is uncalled for.
While recalling the skirmishes that were witnessed in parts of Nakuru among them Njoro and and Naivasha, Kathambi now pleads with Kinoti to drop the move as it might rekindle the suffering that was witnessed.
Kathambi added that such a move by DCI would derail the gains of peace processes that were put in place by President Uhuru kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto.
The first time Jubilee Lawmaker stated that Rift valley region was worst hit by the skirmishes in 2007/2008 and as leaders in the region they have worked to ensure peace adding that they are not ready for disruption of peace being witnessed.
“In Rift valley we have the scars of the skirmishes of 2007/2008 but we have embraced peace and we will not allow anything that will rekindle the memories of what we went through. We appeal to my brother Kinoti to kindly let us not go that direction” said Kathambi.
Kathambi also questioned the criteria used to get the victims who met with the detectives over skirmishes.
According to the Legislator, the DCI was supposed to come to the ground and get information from even leaders.
She has also differed with DCI over the selective criteria adding that even in Naivasha and Kisumu there were victims of 2007 PEV but the DCI chose to rely on one particular area.
“I’m surprised that we have even people posing as victims from Njoro yet I have never seen them. And that is why we are asking the DCI that if we go that direction by selecting some victims and leaving out other areas then we are headed the wrong direction because even here in Naivasha and Kisumu too we had skirmishes” said Kathambi.
She noted that residents of Njoro and the entire Riftvalley region had forgiven each other and were not ready for any other violence but to continue embracing peace.
Kathambi’s sentiments come just a day after Uasin Gishu county Governor JacksonMandago also hit Kinoti.
Mandago, who addressed the media at his Uasin Gishu county which was the worst hit county in 2008, read malice in Kinoti’s remarks, saying it is evident that the DCI was operating under an ‘unusual environment’.
The governor accused the DCI boss of being ingenuine in his quest, adding that his remarks today clearly proved right rumours which had been doing round that lawyer Gicheru’s surrender to the ICC is linked to a possible revival of ICC cases against the Deputy President William Ruto.
On Monday DCI boss George Kinoti announced that they were going to revive 2007-2008 post-election violence cases.