By KBC Reporter
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto are leading the thanksgiving prayer service at Afraha stadium, Nakuru County after the collapse of the ICC cases.
Hundreds of their supporters started arriving at the stadium as early as 6.am for the service.
More than 5,000 officers have been deployed to manage the crowd at Afraha stadium and control traffic. The prayer service is being attended by the famous “Ocampo Six”, five of whom hold key public offices.
The event is also expected to launch re-election campaigns for UHURUTO.
Others attending the service are governors, senators, members of parliament, Cabinet Secretaries and other leaders allied to the jubilee coalition.
The government has pledged to address the plight of the families afflicted by the 2007/2008 post-election violence and has set up a 10 billion shillings reparation fund.
Elsewhere, the CORD coalition is currently holding a rally in Kibera despite the absence of the three of its principals. Raila Odinga is currently in the United Kingdom while his Counterpart Kalonzo Musyoka is in Portugal.
Moses Wetangula on other hand will be popularizing his presidential bid in Tongaren Bungoma County. The Cord rally is meant to call for justice to post-election victims as well as push for the cleaning of the electoral commission.
The rally is running concurrently to that of the jubilee coalition in Nakuru which has been criticized by the Odinga who likened it to dancing on the graves of those who died during the post-election violence.
Meanwhile, the victims of 2007/2008 post-election violence are optimistic that the government will fully address their plight today during the thanksgiving prayer service. The victims says they hope the prayer service will serve to unite Kenyans. On Friday, CORD Principal Raila Odinga termed the Nakuru thanksgiving rally by President Kenyatta and his deputy as a mockery to the victims.
During the ICC ruling the judges ruled that the post-election violence victims should be invited to express their views and concerns in relation to reparations or assistance in lieu of reparations. Over 1,000 people died in the violence while up to 600,000 people were displaced from their homes, many of them in the Rift Valley.
Elsewhere, Kasipul Member of Parliament, Oyugi Magwanga has called on the Government to compensate post-election violence victims without further delay.
Oyugi said many survivors of the post-election violence from various parts of the country were languishing in extreme poverty while the Jubilee administration top brass preoccupy themselves in confrontations with the opposition leaders over the International Criminal Court (ICC) verdict on Kenyan cases.
Speaking to KNA on phone today, Magawanga said Jubilee leaders should let the opposition leaders enjoy freedom of expressing their opinions over the ICC cases. Oyugis’ sentiments come in the wake of the recent utterances by Raila Odinga while on tour of France to the effect that the collapse of the ICC Kenyan cases was a miscarriage of justice.
His views attracted a sharp reaction from an angry Jubilee top brass.
The legislator appealed to leaders to embrace tolerance during the forthcoming electioneering period to enhance peace prior to and after the general elections. Magwanga said there was need for all Kenyan communities to live in harmony and shun political differences to enhance peace in the country.