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Doing crimes committed during the post-election violence.

Doing an interview in a country like Kenya were ethnicity plays a more important role than democracy, a researcher must be familiar with the interested area because the respondents are also inclined to a certain political group thus leaving no room get accurate data.  Kalenjin-Kikuyu were the most affected by the 1992 and 2007 election violence and as a researcher you need to be familiar with area to conduct a research. Some victims who accept to be interviewed require security and by doing so some has to flee outside the country for their safety. In the volatile region of Rift valley, you must be ready to face rejection. Their culture ascribes researchers as intruder who wants to exploit them. Researchers have to employ good rapport in order to be accepted. Going down by what happened in the 2007 post-election violence, witnesses were forced to recant their statements citing security and intimidation. Precisely, in March 2010 the pre-trial made a decision by allowing the prosecutor to conduct an investigation of crimes committed during the post-election violence. The international criminal court (ICC) issued summons to appear against six individuals. Each individual was charged with crimes against humanity. The cases where grouped in to two (Journalists for Justice / December 2016)

The first involved the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party associated with current Deputy President William Ruto, former agriculture minister Henry Kosgey alongside journalist Joshua Sang related to violence committed against perceived supporters of Party of National Unity (PNU). the victims were predominantly from Kikuyu, Kisii and Kamba communities living in Eldoret. Similarly.

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The second case was against the current President Uhuru Muhigai Kenyatta, the former, police commissioner Mohammad Hussain Ali alongside former head of civil service Francis Muthaura related to violence committed against perceived supporters of ODM. The victims were predominantly from Kalenjin, Luo and Luyha communities living in Nakuru and Naivasha (Burchard, S.M p.333).

On such sceneries the prosecutor was faced with many obstacles to conduct proper investigations to build the cases. In May 2013, the prosecutor announced she was withdrawing the charges against Francis Muthaura. Her reasons included that some witnesses had die or were afraid to testify. The recruitment of victims, intimidations, lack of cooperation and insufficient funds to conduct the research (Jonathan W. Rosen). these all undermines researcher conducting a proper research.   


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