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Kenyans greet ICC's Ocampo as chance for justice that government won't take

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Hopes Ocampo will do what Kenya won't

"The Hague is our last chance," said Esther Onyango, an unemployed mother queuing to pay her electricity bill in Kawangware, a shanty slum in the west of Nairobi.

As others in the line nodded their agreement, she said: "Two years ago, this place was burning. We were promised afterwards that the big people who ordered this would go to jail.

"But even to today, they are still sitting in their nice offices and driving their big cars, free men, while we are suffering."

The promises Mrs. Onyango talked about were part of a powersharing accord brokered by Kofi Annan which created the coalition government that still holds power today.

Part of the deal was that Kenya's leaders would establish local mechanisms – a special tribunal, more muscular national courts – which would investigate the alleged atrocities.

But, as Onyango said, "nothing has happened" – hence Ocampo's visit and his promise that if Kenya won't do it, he will.

"It's better that the people who brought these problems should go to The Hague," said Mohamed Leeresh, a trader based in Archer's Post, 190 miles north of Nairobi.

Despite a long drought and flooding now, the town's pastoralist community was glued to flickering televisions in dirt-floor tea shops for news of Ocampo's visit, he said.

"This is the thing that you must understand about Kenya from long ago. People in power, they take what they want, they do what they want, and we, the ordinary people, have no way to stop them.

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