A group of professionals from Pokot have said they have filed a case against Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and Rift Valley Regional Coordinator George Natembeya at the International Criminal Court at the Hague over the ongoing security operation in Kapedo, Tiaty, Baringo County.
The group said they filed the case online and had already been downloaded by the court’s prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.
Others accused are Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai and General Service Unit commandant Douglas Kanja.
The professionals said they want the four to be charged with crimes against humanity they alleged were being committed by police officers against civilians in the area.
Addressing journalists in Kapenguria, the Professionals led by Pokot Professionals Secretary General Dennis Kapchok aka Mulmulwas said the four should take the greatest responsibility for the crimes being committed by the officers conducting the operation.
He said murder, rape, forceful eviction, torture constituted crimes against humanity, alleging that the Tiaty residents were facing all the crimes.
“This has caused sufferin and brutal killings. We want the ICC to open investigations into these crimes using government machinery without approval of parliament as required by the Kenyan Constitution,” said Kapchok.
Dr Matiang’i ordered the operation after a senior General Service Unit officer Emadau Temako was killed by bandits at Amaya near Kapedo two weeks ago.
“The government has closed all schools and hospitals and residents hiding in bushes thus cannot get access to medical help. Women are being raped and the media has been barred from accessing the area,” Kapchok said.
The CS then said they would not relent until those who participated in the killing were arrested. He also asked residents to surrender illegal guns.