Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony has vowed to sue President Uhuru Kenyatta‘s federal government at the Hague-based mostly Global Criminal Court (ICC).
This is just after the government carried out forceful evictions against those who have encroached the Mau Forest, a crucial drinking water tower in the region.
The governor has, on the other hand, termed the evictions as mass displacement of persons, that constitutes a crime towards humanity which is triable by the ICC.
It is in this thought that Governor Chepkwony has opted to refer the matter to ICC looking for redress for his county inhabitants.
Studies indicate that the Kericho County manager, as a result of his lawyers, wrote to the ICC prosecutor on 3rd August claiming that: “On various situations in the thirty day period of June, July and August 2018, the Govt of Kenya undertook to evict, destroy residence and forcefully expel nearly 40,000 family members believed to be of one ethnic neighborhood the Kipsigis.
Demanding an action to be taken towards President Uhuru’s federal government, Chepkwony’s authorized staff notes that houses were torched by the authorities therefore generating a humanitarian disaster.
The Kericho Governor also notes that there has not been any intervention from the Kenyan government on the matters.
In July, Governor Chepkwony submitted a suit at the Environment and Lands Courtroom in Narok seeking to end the evictions.
Via attorney Peter Wanyama, Chepkwony alleged that the government is illegally and under inhumane situation was evicting private proprietors of personal home comprising Reiyo, Enakishomi, Sisiyan, Enoosokon and Nkaroni team ranches.
“The safety officers melt away houses, livestock and conquer up the property proprietors in a brazen screen of impunity and large-handedness. It is scorched earth eviction,” the petitioner said.
In the accommodate filed at the Environment and Lands Court docket in Narok, Governor Chepkwony outlined Cabinet Secretaries Farida Karoney (Lands), Fred Matiang’i (Interior), Narok County Commissioner George Natembeya and the Countrywide Land Fee as respondents.