Don’t open the Waki Envelope please, five legislators plead
Opening the Waki Envelope to reveal names of other suspects of the 2007-08 post-election violence will whip tribal animosity, five MPs have warned.
They said Kenya could be headed ‘south’ should the government attempt to reveal the individuals.
The legislators are Nyamira Senator Kennedy Okong’o and MPs Jimmy Angwenyi (Kitutu Chache South), Joel Onyancha (Bomachoge Borabu), Stephen Manoti (Bobasi) and Richard Tong’i of Nyaribabi Chache.
The names in the envelope are said to be of those with auxiliary roles in Kenya’s darkest moment, in which 1,300 were killed and thousands displaced at the height of violence sparked off by disputed presidential results.
Speaking to the Star separately, the lawmakers told off Cord over the continued insistence that the Waki Envelope be made public and those named be punished.
“Let the country heal. It should not be the business of either the opposition or the government to open healing wounds. That would be retrogressive,” Okong’o said.
The Ford Kenya senator urged the government to hasten the formation of a special division of the High Court to deal with all PEV cases.
“The Ocampo Six have been baptised by fire and we do not expect anyone to go through what they have gone through,” he said.
Onyancha said although the Abagusii community was also hit by the violence with more than 10,000 members displaced, politicians must allow healing and reconciliation.
“Parading the victims or the suspects at this time doesn’t help anyone. What we need is political goodwill to provide the environment for unity,” the MP said.
Tong’i said: “Our business should be to preach peace and reconciliation. Anything less than that is devilish.”