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Councillors to raise cash for Hague Six

Wednesday December 22 2010

By NATION correspondent

More than 80 councillors will hold a fundraising in aid of the six suspects named by ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo.

The councillors from the Kipsigis County Council, Kericho Municipal Council, Litein and Londiani Urban Councils on Wednesday told a press conference in Kericho town that they would also donate their allowances to the suspects.

Led by Kipsigis County Council chairman Moses arap Bii and Mayor John Kauria, the leaders said they had mobilised their colleagues from the South Rift to raise funds for the living and legal expenses of the suspects who are set to stand trial at The Hague, Netherlands.

“Our solidarity lies with our leaders. That is why we have vowed to forfeit our allowances and we will also raise funds towards the forthcoming case at The Hague,” said Mr Kauria.

The two said some of them would accompany the suspects to The Hague during the hearing.

The councillors exonerated the six from any blame, adding that the ICC prosecutor had erred in refusing to investigate the bungled elections of 2007, which they claimed, “ignited the post-election violence.”

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They said those who called for mass action also contributed the chaos.