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African leaders’ immunity attacked

 IPS 08 September 2019

“My husband was shot with a poisoned arrow, and my children hacked to death. Everything was burnt to ashes, I barely escaped with my life,” says Mary Wacu. She was speaking about violence in Kenya that erupted after a disputed general election in 2007 that left 1,500 people dead and resulted in the rape of 3000 women and the displacement of 300,000. Top government leaders, including President Uhuru Kenyatta, have since had charges of crimes against humanity levelled at them. However, a new law that will grant immunity from prosecution to heads of African states has been condemned by human rights campaigners. Miriam Gathigah of IPS reports. (934 Words) - By Miriam Gathigah

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Some of the Kenyans who were forcefully evicted from their homes in Rift Valley during the 2007/2008 post-election violence. They are pictured in a dated photo in a camp in Kiambu Central Kenya.  Photo: Miriam Gathigah/IPS

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