International Criminal Court
Office of the Prosecutor
Post Office Box 19519
2500 CM The Hague
July 27th 2017
Re: Request for an investigation into intended violations of the Rome Statute in Kenya during and after elections.
Honorable Fatou Bensouda,
My name is Samuel Okemwa and I am sending this letter to the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court for the purpose of requesting an investigation into planned violence and use of force by police during the Election Day on 08/08/17. Already an order has been given to police by the Acting Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government Dr. Fred Matiangi to use force against Kenyans who will be exercising their democratic right during the voting day.
In the recent past President Uhuru Kenyatta has through the Ministry of Interior security ordered large number of tear gas, guns, bullets and hundreds of armoured vehicles which we fear will be used against the opposition supporters. Recent activities have shown that the government is planning to rig elections and Kenyans feel this is a threat to peace that we enjoy.
We need both Presidential Candidates to respect the will of the people on 8th August 2017 and IEBC has an obligation to ensure that the upcoming elections meet international standards. As Kenyans we feel that IEBC has failed to show confidence to Kenyans that elections will be free, fair and transparent and in the likelihood that that IEBC will fail to carry out fair elections then our country will plunge into another post-election violence.
The time to address and warn Kenyan politicians is now that ICC has an international obligation to prosecute anybody who acts in violation of the Rome statute. For the safety of Kenyans we are requesting the office of the prosecutor to keep watch on unfolding political events in Kenya and act if necessary. We don’t want any Kenyan to be killed for the sake of people who want power through all means necessary. Never again.