Leaders from Nyanza region Sunday vowed to work closely with the Government for the sake of development with some of them alleging that chargesfacing the three Kenyans at the International Criminal Court (ICC) were framed.
Speaking at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Ranen in Migori County, during a funds-drive in aid of media centre/radio station project for the church, the leaders said they have resolved to set aside politics and support the Government for the sake of development.
Rongo MP, Dalmas Otieno maintained that the three Kenyans facing charges at the ICC were sacrificial lambs whose charges were framed since there were no proper investigations carried out to establish those behind the 2008 post-election violence.
“Although what happened in 2007 was spontaneous, it is discouraging that some Kenyans have been sacrificed and yet no proper investigations were carried out by the prosecution to get those responsible for the post-election violence,” said Mr. Otieno.
He said should President Uhuru Kenyatta’s case collapses at The Hague due to lack of evidence, then the case facing Mr. Ruto and journalist Joshua Sang should also be withdrawn.
“The three Kenyans facing charges at the ICC are truly sacrificial lambs because former prosecutor Moreno Ocampo did not carry proper investigations as he even at one time said he had no capacity to investigate the cases,” said Otieno.
Other leaders who attended the function included Governors Jack Raguma (Kisumu), and Okoth Obado (Migori). Senators Wildfred Machage (Migori), MPs Jared Kopiyo ( Awendo) and Shadrack Manga (Kuria East).
Migori deputy Governor Nelson Mwita and former Minister Ochilo Ayacko also attended.
The leaders said development will be elusive to achieve if leaders do not unite and support the Government in looking for ways of confronting the challenges facing the people, saying time for politics is over.
Mr. Raguma and Mr. Obado said unless residents in areas perceived to be opposition zones support the Government, development will be elusive to achieve in such areas.
“It is time we support the Government of the day if we are to solve the many challenges facing residents in this region,” said Mr. Raguma.
Deputy President William Ruto who graced the occasion assured Kenyans that under the Jubilee administration all Kenyans will be served without discrimination.
He said the Government will treat all Kenyans irrespective of ethnic, tribal and political affiliations equally.
– The Standard