- Some of them had been bribed to recant their evidence and others disowned their statements after receiving death threats, she submitted. As a result, she successfully convinced the judges to release them with some conditions. The DP’s file should not be closed and this granted her a leeway to revive the case upon gathering of the new evidence.
- The rain had started beating Ruto in the countdown to 2007 general election where apart from whipping his troops to rally behind ODM leaders Raila Odinga’s presidential bid, he had made his name as his chief campaigner.
Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria was among the leaders who roundly condemned the utterances made by Meru Senator Mithika Linturi in the presence of Deputy President William Ruto during a public rally at Eldoret Sports ground.
In a post he tweeted from abroad where he has been undergoing a specialised treatment, Kuria posed: Jameni madoadoa [blemishes] tena. The DP is a friend of mine but I am shocked to hear the highly inflammatory remarks that one of his top ally has just made. If you are near the DP tell him to immediately rebuke him.
Kuria added: Uasin Gishu County was the epicenter of the 2007 post-election post violence. Linturi just spoke a stone throwaway from the PAG Church Kiambaa. Dozens of victims, who had fled from their homes and sought refuge in this church, were burnt to death The marauding gangs of the local youth, who set it ablaze, would not even spare the new-born, children and elderly.
As we know, this incident shocked the whole world and later became one of the main charges filed against Ruto at The Hague based International Criminal Court [ICC].
He had been charged alongside five other Kenyans. The four, including honorable Uhuru Kenyatta, were later acquitted by the pre-trial chamber due to lack of evidence. But the Ruto’s case and that of Radio journalist Joshua Sang proceeded to a full trial.
However, at some point Ms Fatou Bensounda, the ICC prosecutor had to terminate the crimes against humanity charges facing the duo. She cited lack of cooperation from the newly elected government of Kenya and gross interference with the crucial witnesses the OTP had lined up.
Some of them had been bribed to recant their evidence and others disowned their statements after receiving death threats, she submitted. As a result, she successfully convinced the judges to release them with some conditions. The DP’s file should not be closed and this granted her a leeway to revive the case upon gathering of the new evidence.
The rain had started beating Ruto in the countdown to 2007 general election where apart from whipping his troops to rally behind ODM leaders Raila Odinga’s presidential bid, he had made his name as his chief campaigner.
The team he led had mastered the art of using coded language, profiling and threatening certain communities which were not singing their songs. They would refer them as ‘madoadoa’ and ‘Napier grasses’.
The non-locals had two options: To vote for their candidate if they wanted to continue staying in their region and live in peace. It not, go ahead to vote for your own [this was in apparent reference to President Mwai Kibaki and you regret your actions.
Hell broke loose after Kibaki was sworn in immediately after being declared the winner. The International community did not want to see our country going into a full blown tribal war. The world leaders moved with speed to set up the Koffi Annan led mediation team which worked round the clock and managed to restore peace and normalcy in two months.
After signing the National Peace Accord, Kibaki and Raila went ahead to form a government of national government, commonly referred as a ‘nusu mkate’ government.
The duo immediately took the first step of inviting the ICC to take up the Kenyan case. The court’s terms of reference was to secure justice for the survivors and families of those who had lost their loved ones as well as ensuring the key perpetrators were punished accordingly in order to stop the recurring of violence in future.
Back to Linturi’s outbursts, the DP did not heed the calls to immediately rebuke him. He spoke two days later in what was widely interpreted as an afterthought. Linturi’s comments were unfortunate. He has however apologized and we should accept to his apologies. The DP added: I also take this opportunity to apologize to Kenyans over his remarks. I want to assure them that UDA stands for ‘peace and unity’.
For many, the DP and his allies’ reprimand of Linturi did come from the bottom of their hearts. The DP had whipped them out of fear of losing the Kikuyu votes. This after realizing that this community did not take senator’s comments lightly. He knew he stood no chance of winning the election if the Kikuyus will not vote for him as a bloc.
Joseph Mutua Ndonga is a Political Analyst and Blogger Based in Nairobi