Uhuruto Took Themselves to The Hague
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto should blame themselves for their appearance at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, to answer charges of crimes against humanity. According to the ICC, “Uhuru is allegedly criminally responsible as an indirect co-perpetrator pursuant to article 25(3)(a) of the Rome Statute for the crimes against humanity of: murder (article 7(l)(a)); deportation or forcible transfer (article 7(l)(d)); rape (article 7(l)(g)); persecution (articles 7(l)(h)); and other inhumane acts (article 7(l)(k)). Ruto is accused of being criminally responsible as an indirect co-perpetrator pursuant to article 25(3)(a) of the Rome Statute for the crimes against humanity of: murder (article 7(l)(a)); deportation or forcible transfer of population (article 7(l)(d)); and persecution (article 7(l)(h)).”
The genesis of their current predicament was after former President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga had signed a power-sharing agreement on February 28th 2008, under the National Accord and Reconciliation Act. This was a political solution to the bungled presidential election which had resulted in the post election violence (PEV) of 2007-08. Thereafter, the Government of Kenya established The Commission of Inquiry on Post Election Violence (CIPEV) also known as the Waki Commission, to investigate the causes of the PEV. The outcome of this process was the “Waki Report” released on October 15th 2008, which recommended among other things, that a special local tribunal be created to try the alleged PEV perpetrators. The tribunal was to have an international component comprising non-Kenyans within its senior investigations and prosecution staff.
Kibaki, Raila, then-Justice minister Martha Karua and later her successor, the late Mutula Kilonzo, were protagonists of the Local Tribunal Bill. Former Imenti Central MP Gitobu Imanyara and the then Speaker of Parliament Kenneth Marende, also lobbied very hard to have MPs pass the Bill, which had been introduced by Martha Karua. However, in February 2009, MPs rejected it. A second attempt to establish a local tribunal was made by Mutula through the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, was similarly rejected in Parliament. Following the release of the Waki Report, William Ruto, who was then-Agricultural minister, suspected his name was among key suspects of the PEV. He therefore did not want to support a local tribunal and opted for a trial at the ICC because he thought its judicial process would take longer. His regrettable words then were: “The ICC will begin hearing the Kenyan case in 2090. Who amongst us will be alive then?” (See newsafrica.net – ‘Kid gloves are off’). Equally, “Kenyatta and a majority of parliamentarians did not seek to shift responsibility for investigations into Kenya’s post-election violence to The Hague because they were prepared to account for their actions. They believed the International Criminal Court would take decades to prepare a case against defendants who allegedly masterminded the violence. In the meantime, they would be able to stay in power. There would never be any awkward court trials in Kenya itself.” (In: ‘Kenya’s difficult road to justice’ – dw.de).
Don’t be vague, go to The Hague
The phrase “Don’t be vague, go to The Hague” was coined by Isaac Ruto (no relation with William Ruto), who was an MP during the Hague debate and is currently a Senator. “The same MPs tried to obfuscate the debate by claiming that they had no confidence in the local judiciary and would prefer that the ICC conduct prosecution of the masterminds of the violence. The phrase ‘Don’t be vague, go to The Hague’ became part of the political lexicon to justify a preference for the ICC. The preference for the ICC was based on the false assumption that international prosecution would take forever and that by the time the ICC came around to issuing indictments, some of the alleged perpetrators would have been safely ensconsed in State House Nairobi. It seems obvious that the political elite had no intention of holding themselves accountable for the violations that occurred during the post-election violence.” (See Omeje and Hepner, 2013 in: ‘Conflict and Peacebuilding in the African Great Lakes Region’ pp.130-131).
Here are sections cited from the Kenya National Assembly Official Record (Hansard) on February 3rd 2009 (pp.45-46), during a debate on the ICC by Mutula Kilonzo, while he was Minister for Nairobi Metropolitan Development: “This is an extremely serious problem and I want to ask that as politicians and leaders, we show leadership to the country. We should rise to the occasion. We understand that our citizens are living in camps for the internally displaced persons (IDPs). This is the time to go and lobby Members of Parliament and Kenyans. Bring everybody here. This gallery ought to be full watching us amending the Constitution so that we tell Kenyans: “Never again will you touch me because of casting my ballot. Never again will you torch a church. Never again are we going to remove a child from the back of a mother and throw it into a burning church because if you do, the Kenyan law will drop on you like a tonne of bricks or shall we say, like a tonne of potatoes which come from the areas where the violence was.” If we allow The Hague to be the one to do so – I want to remind you, if you allow me to do so because I should not – Kenya has been famous as an island of peace which is respected for one thing and one thing only, which is regular elections. Therefore, I want as a country, to respect our sovereignty by acknowledging that we are signatories to the International Criminal Court (ICC) Charter. As signatories, we have also been privileged to contribute a judge there. Let the citizens of other failed states go to The Hague. In Kenya, we will say, you can be vague bcause we will do it in Kenya. The amendment to this Constitution is an attempt by this country to produce light. Between December 2007 and March 2008, there was darkness in Kenya. Blood was flowing on the streets. Even the churches were silent. They did not even know how to pray any more because people were killing each other. Some of them have said that they were encouraging their congregations to participate in the demontrations. It is guaranteed that there will always be disputes arising from elections. The purpose of this amendment is to say that we will not have manipulation of elections and even if it occurs, that it will be settled through organs that respect law and order, are modern and interesting.”
Mutula Kilonzo’s beseechment did not move the MPs and the (in)famous ‘Waki envelope’ was handed to former ICC prosecutor, Luis Moreno Ocampo, by former UN boss Kofi Annan. Fast forward to 2013: Uhuruto’s wish has come true. Let them undergo trials at The Hague and whatever the outcome, we hope that justice will prevail for the PEV victims.
From being ‘vague’ to The Hague, how it all started
Posted by: The People, September 10, 2013
Failure to set up a local tribunal to try alleged perpetrators of the 2007 post-election violence was the key reason the suspects were handed over to The Hague-based International Criminal Court.
Aug. 15, 2008: Commission of Inquiry in Post Election Violence chaired by Justice Philip Waki releases its report
Oct. 17, 2008: Kofi Annan receives sealed envelope bearing names of key suspects from Justice Waki Commission
Nov. 11, 2008: ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo warns he would take over Kenyan case if Waki Commission deadlines for setting up a local tribunal are not met
Dec. 17, 2008: Former President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga sign pact to establish local tribunal.
January 30 2009 The government fails to meet deadline for passing two bills to form local tribunal.
In February 12 2009, About 93 MPs voted to reject a Bill proposing the formation of a special local tribunal, in effect, paving the way for the criminal proceedings at the international court. With the vote, the government misses the deadline for initiating local prosecutions that had been set to start by end of September 2009.
The deadline had been agreed upon by both the ICC prosecutor and a Kenyan government delegation that visited the International Criminal Court on July 3, 2009. With the move, former United Nations’ boss Kofi Annan, who mediated peace talks in Kenya after the 2008 post-election violence, had no choice but to hand over a sealed envelope containing a list of suspects identified by the Waki Commission as those most responsible for the violence.
It was on December 15, 2010 when the reality of International Criminal Court (ICC) handling Kenyan cases became a reality after it unleashed six names from a ‘secret envelope’ handed over to the court by the Commission of Inquiry into the Post-Election Violence (CIPEV).
The six were blamed for orchestrating the violence that broke out after announcement of presidential poll on December 30, 2007. The then ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo named top Kenyan officials who included Uhuru Kenyatta, William Ruto, Francis Muthaura, Henry Kosgey and Brigadier Hussein Ali as suspects.
Also in the list was journalist Joshua arap Sang. In lining up his suspects, Ocampo appeared to have gone for three individuals associated with Raila Odinga, and three others linked to Mwai Kibaki’s regime. Despite many warnings by the ICC that it would take up the Kenyan cases if the country failed to establish a local tribunal as recommended by CIPEV, Members of Parliament failed to pass three bills presented by former Justice and Constitutional Affairs Ministers the late Mutula Kilonzo and Martha Karua.
Former MP Gitobu Imanyara also presented a similar bill which also hit a dead end giving The Hague-based court the leeway to investigate the six Kenyans through the intervention of the ICC Prosecutor. In what seemed to be the writing of Kenyan history in negative light, six Kenyans were present at the ICC for the initial hearing on April 7 and 8, 2011 to answer to charges of crimes against humanity.
In Kenya Case 1 against Ruto, Sang and Kosgey, Prosecutor Ocampo presented six counts charging them with crimes against humanity of murder, deportation or forcible transfer of population and persecution in Turbo town, the greater Eldoret area, Kapsabet town and Nandi Hills.
For Kenyatta, Muthaura and Ali in Kenya Case 2, the prosecutor presented 10 counts against them for being indirectly responsible for crimes committed in the wake of 2008 including murder, deportation or forcible transfer of population, rape, other forms of sexual violence and other inhumane acts. From then, the road to The Hague ceased from being vague to lucid as the Pre-Trial Chamber went ahead to confirm charges against Kenyatta, Muthaura, Ruto and Sang on January 23, 2012.
The case against Muthaura was dropped in March 2013 after the prosecutor informed the court that the sole witness who gave evidence that led to confirmation of charges against Muthaura had been withdrawn together with his evidence. – By FRED MWANGI
The memory of a fly and the people who took Kenya to The Hague
Updated Saturday, February 4th 2012 at 00:00 GMT +3
By Barrack Muluka
I can see that it is a sheaf of copies from Parliamentary Reports, otherwise known as Hansard Reports, from the Kenya National Assembly. They are for diverse dates, between January and December 2009. They make for very interesting reading. The Mzee of Makerere, or Prof Makerere as we call him in Emanyulia, has underscored several places in these reports. At page 4,633 of February 3, he has underlined part of contribution by the Minister for Nairobi Metropolitan Development, Mr M Kilonzo. It reads, “In fact there is a phrase going on which is called Ã¢Â€Â˜DonÃ¢Â€Â™t be vague; go for Hague.”
I flip through and come to page 4,636. There is Mr Cyrus Jirongo saying, “Those who perpetrated violence are in Government . . . If we are genuine and we want these people to be punished, we should allow them to go to The Hague.” Over page, Mr Jirongo goes on, “. . . I urge the Minister for Justice, National Cohesion to let those people go to The Hague, if her conscience pricks her correctly.”
As I move on, I see page 4,638 where Ms Rachel Shebesh says, “I see no reason why, if people were genuine, you would tell me that going to The Hague can bring peace to this country . . . I see no way in which you can be sincere.” I am now looking at February 4, 2009, at page 4,723. There is Mr Lewis Nguyai. He says, “I also say there is need to end the culture of impunity . . . I would propose that we should not be vague. We want the key perpetrators of this particular atrocities (sic) to go to The Hague.” I recall Mr Nguiyai was recently KenyattaÃ¢Â€Â™s witness at The Hague. I begin to get it, I think.
I begin to agree that there could be something about this memory of a fly. But I donÃ¢Â€Â™t want Prof Makerere to know. February 5 is telling. People are in their element. Here is some of what they say: Ms Elizabeth Ongoro, “Through setting up a local tribunal, we will be telling our citizens that we are brothers, we have what it takes to solve our problems.” Mr Lucas Chepkitony, “Let us try the ICC.” Ms Cecily Mbarire, “We have spent too much time on tribunals and commissions. I oppose the Bill (to set up a local tribunal). Thomas Mwadeghu, “Ni lazima hao watu waende Hague. Wacha waende wahukumiwe huko (These people must go to The Hague.” Mr Johnstone Muthama, “Jaji atakuwa Mkamba, Mkikuyu . . . Ni vyema tugeuze mbinu. Ndege zitakuja, watapelekwa kule na kuiacha nchi yetu na amani (The judge will be Kamba or Kikuyu . . . we must change tact. Aeroplanes will come; they will go and leave us a peaceful country).”
Finally, I look at the voting. Among those who voted against a local tribunal are listed as the following: Chepchumba, Cheruiyot, Ethuro, Gaichuchie, Gitau, Jirongo, Kaino, Kaloki, Kamau JI, Kamau J M, Kambi, Kapondi, Kariuki, Kathuri, Kigen, Kiilu, Kilonzo J K, Kilonzo J M, Kiuna, Kivuti, Koech, Konchela, Dr Kones, Mrs Kones, Kuttuny, Lagat, Langat, Lessonet, Letimalo, Linturi, Litole, MÃ¢Â€Â™Mithiaru, Machage, Magerer, Mbau, Mbugwa, Mututho, MungÃ¢Â€Â™aro, Munyaka, Muoki I.M, Muoki D M, Mureithi, Murgor, Musyimi, Mwangi, Mwathi, Mwiru, Nguiyai, Njuguna, Onyancha, Ottichilo, Ruto, Sambu, Sirma, Waibara, Waititu, Wambugu, Washiali, Were, Yakub.
I recall the night President Kibaki, Premier Raila and Martha Karua pleaded with MPs for a local tribunal for PEV to no avail. Prof Makerere looks at me with a superior smile. “You see? These are the people who took Kenya to The Hague. Tell me, Dreamer, what is wrong about saying that yours is the memory of a fly? Who took who to The Hague? And yet you are gallivanting everywhere like blowflies, mouthing things like, Ã¢Â€Â˜framed up; conspired with foreigners; you want easy victory.Ã¢Â€Â™ Come on, Dreamer! We are not as daft as you think we are.”
The writer is a publishing editor and media consultant
A very good and well researched artical ,but kenyans do not want to reason in that direction hence their heads(brains) has been manipulated by both money (bribed) tribalism hate among tribes in kenya!One must go back and study where tribalism in Kenya started. Before independent tribalism was used by the (british colonialism) to devide tribes , make them hate each other so that these colonialists could rule free without tribes realizing who is their common enemy.
When the country got independence the leadership in 1963 (Jomo Kenyatta) the first president used tribalisn in order to survive Kenyatta used the same colonial method to devide Wakenya and this made him rule this country with an iron hand.
Jomo Kenya(senior) promoted tribalism to the highest level ,he organized mass-oathing campaigns by Kikuyu tribe after his government started asassinating the most progressive Luo tribesmen and others making sure State Power (president) will never go to Luos who were highly educated and whom Kenyatta and his ruling (Kikuyus) viewed them as power hungry .Jomo Kenyatta(Uhuru’s father )created GEMA(Supremacist Party ) led by the most wealthiest Kikuyus (thugs, murderers, asassins, corrupt ,drug barons tax evaders just name it) hence these Richest Kikuyus cannot explain how they got their ill-gotten wealth to this day.. They are the law itself. they control all organs of State -Power.the lest is history.
To cut the story short Kenya as a country has gone to the dogs(this time dogs suffering with rabies)
The hate in kenya has blinded each and every tribe in a country with over 40 different tribes. many of these tribes has been marginalized for so long .by both Kikuyu govt under Jomo Kenyatta (senior)and under President Daniel Mu-uwanji Arap Moi a Kalenjin like william Ruto.
I think there is no reason to pity ignorant people like Kenyans who cannot diff btw good and bad (evil)
They elect Hyenas ,dogs, wolves,as their representants only to start crying the following day and this has been proved right in every election held in kenya ever since independence.
When they read an artical like this one written by a Kenyan they will ignore it and abuse the writer ! what do you do hyponotized and brainwashed lost tribes in the wilderness of Kenya . ruled by criminals with an Iron hand .The question is how long will President Kenyatta and William Ruto are going to manipulate the Amnesian suffering millions of Wakenya?
I do hope that the International Community will not allow MR Kenyatta and William Ruto to go scott-free hence crimes committed in kenya election violence in 207/8 . The ICC must be saved from this uncalled attacks directed to the ICC in Hague by the highest leaders of Impunity in a third world like Kenya that has locked horns with democracy and Civilization!
The international Community should not bow to violent dictators who dis-respect human rights and diginity ,freedom and liberty.Uhuru and Ruto should not be set free just becouse they have killed ICC witness some of these witnesses were asassinated during day-light in Nairobi when Proffessor Aston was in Nairobi (Kang’ara and Oulu)their car was ridden with hundrendth of bullets from the dreaded Kwekwe Squads(asassination Platoons).
Now that the two are at Hague is water under the bridge. However it is unfortunate that n.rift is the only point of focus. Kisumu,Kibera,Bungoma e.t.c r other points of interest. Occupants of the above do not tune to Kass fm. They also fought. Who incited these communities? Cant be Sang nor Ruto. The 3 at the Hague r not adequate. May be the 20! As of now trial is no fair to community where the two come from. We feel demonised as n.rift residents.
3 African countries apply to ICC to be enjoined in Kenyan trials as ‘amicus curie’
Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013
The African Union push gained momentum as three nations sought to be enjoined in the Kenyan trials at the International Criminal Court ( ICC).
Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania have applied to the ICC to be allowed to make submissions on a pending appeal by the prosecution.
They want to make presentations as amicus curie (friends of the court) before the appeal by Bensouda against Ruto’s excusal from the trials is determined.
Reports indicate about 15 African nations have filed similar requests.
The nations argue the requirement that an accused be present throughout the trial should be reviewed in light of present circumstances where sitting government officials are on trial. This, the nations argue, will enhance cooperation by State parties.
This emerged as Jubilee Coalition leaders pressed the United Nations (UN) to champion amendments to the Rome Statute to place checks on the Office of The Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court ( ICC).
Officials of parties under the ruling coalition – The National Alliance and United Republican Party – said that the law establishing the ICC needed serious amendments to tame the prosecutor, who has been given sweeping powers of arrests and investigations.
They complained that, as it is now, the law does not make the court’s prosecutor accountable to anyone, a move that opens a window for the holder to abuse the office.
“We want the UN to revisit the Rome Statute with a view to restructuring the office of the prosecutor so as not to be given a blank cheque to take whoever he or she pleases with total disregard to availability of any substantial evidence that warrants prosecution,” said TNA Secretary General Onyango Oloo.
He added: “Unless the office is restructured and investigations are conducted fully, then no individual, no country and no nation is likely to be treated there impartially or to be accorded justice without fear of favour.”
“We want fresh investigation be conducted by the ICC and not hired non-governmental organisations who have got partisan interests,” said Oloo.
He said they fully supported the African Union (AU) resolutions to call for fresh, free, fair and transparent investigations on the ICC charges against the country’s two top leaders.
Ruto is facing murder, deportation or forcible transfer of population and prosecution charges. Sang is facing similar charges. His trial was, however, moved to Tuesday next week as they await the arrival of the first witness, among the 22 witness lined up by the prosecution.
Similar sentiments were echoed by the Senate in a special session on Tuesday where called for reforms in the same office.
Senate will fast track the preparation of a petition to be filed before the International Criminal Court ( ICC) in a new push to ensure that both President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto are in the country for the country’s Jubilee celebrations.
Uhuru Kenyatta was diarhearing(Mharo) when he saw his comrade in crime at the Dock in ICC Hague>( Stay cool mr President ) you will be next and perhaps for ever caged)Uhuru was distressed to see Ruto in ICC dock
By WAMBUI NDONGA | September 12, 2013
Watching the proceedings was difficult for the President because he doesn’t believe the cases have merit/PSCU
NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 12 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has now disclosed how ‘deeply saddened’ he was when he saw his friend and Deputy William Ruto in the dock at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday.
State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu revealed that the opening statements at the start of Ruto’s trial and watching the opening arguments made by ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda as well as the corresponding defence by lawyer Karim Khan distressed the President.
Although Esipisu did not provide many details, he explained that watching the proceedings was difficult for the President because he doesn’t believe the cases have merit.
These Uhuru/Ruto goons will be caught redhanded ,hence lying and telling lies Uhuru and Ruto has been coaching witnesses using former Kalenjin Military men from (intelligence units) who served under moi cherabus /tojo and other retired military men and former GSU all served Moi!Ruto& Uhuru should give us break and stop playing with western intelligence>The ICC should Demand Statementa from all Provincial Commanders who served Kibaki during 207/8 violence ! We know Kibaki govt rejected and protected Pcs from writting statements!These foolish Coached witness by Uhuruto will be called for proper investigation and to undergo Lie detection Test by the FBI/Scotland Yards /And Nato specialists! Uhuru & Ruto must be proved useless very soon!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOxt1pPCXxE&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Damn Jubilee MPs! Was Kenya not a sovereign state when they signed the Rome Statute giving ICC jurisdiction in Kenya? Was Kenya not a sovereign state when both PNU and ODM CHOSE to submit to the Kofi Annan led peace agreement which entrenched the Waki Commission which subsequently led to the ICC after not honoring their commitment to a local process? When Uhuru, Ruto and their colleagues while in parliament chanted “don’t be vague go to Hague!” during the tabling of a bill to set up a local tribunal; was Kenya not a sovereign state? When Uhuru and Ruto pledged to comply with the ICC process were they not aware that they were seeking to be the leaders of a sovereign country? Jubilee shouldn’t give me that nonsense! Uhuruto took themselves to the ICC and now that it is not going their way suddenly we are sovereign??!!
In the past few days, Jubilee parliamentarians and senators have gathered to declare the ICC a political witch-hunt against African leaders and named countries like USA, China and Israel among others as not being party to the ICC without realizing that they never signed up for it in the first place. It is ridiculous! Jubilee have managed to change the narrative and themselves into victims of the “West” and civil society yet the parliamentary Hansard is there to show that they are victims of their own making. As for “our masters’-remember that even the scriptures in Proverbs 22:7 remind us that, “just as the rich rule over the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender” we have mortgaged our sovereign country to the hilt! At last count, Kenya’s debt was 1.9 trillion and is set to hit 2 trillion before the end of the current financial year given government’s plan on further borrowing to finance its obligations. So those to whom we owe that money are our masters and in case you haven’t been keeping with the news, we owe China real money and sooner or later they will collect. Given the proclivity of our government officials and state officers to steal public funds and the feeble attempts at fighting corruption, unless something changes, we can be sure that we will default and the government will borrow more and mortgage us further and before long that sovereignty that you cite will be nothing more than a memory.
So next time you want to see a real let down to the black community worldwide, take a look at our leadership and its cheer leading squad and there you will see the let down; a let down to themselves, a let down to decency, a let down to integrity, a let down to good governance……!!
In fact, the ICC cases against Kenya are and should be our national shame. The shame of a nation that has just refused to address critical issues facing them/us. But what else can be done in the face of a total lack of political will in addressing the gross violations committed in 2007-8? People are running around shouting themselves hoarse about the plight of the Uhuruto duo but nothing is being said of the IDPs over 5yrs since they were displaced and for some 22yrs after the advent of multi-party politics when Moi decided to make his threats of multi-partism fueling hatred among tribes a self fulfilling prophecy. No one has said anything about the relocation program falsely dubbed resettlement program that the government has been running post 2007-8 that has been riddled with corruption. No one has bothered to ask why IDP’s are not going back to the areas where they were evicted from, especially those from the north Rift and investigations carried out to establish who now occupies the lands they left behind. There are many untold stories in Kenya that we are not willing to tell. Perhaps the ICC will force us to look keenly at ourselves as a country and work towards forcing us to address the critical issues that affect the nation. The Jubilee run for the presidency was a human shield they created to protect themselves, now we are all being dragged into it because what was touted as a “small personal matter” has now become a major national issue that is likely to create a vacuum in the Executive and further destabilize the country. Meanwhile, the vultures are circling and the jackals can almost smell blood. Tough times ahead? It sure looks like it.
William Ruto is a very funny (criminal) He went to the Centre of Zombies in Kerinyaga The land of Scavangers(Churas)Who serven as Toilet cleaners during colonialism!(The Sub-Kikuyus of Ndia Gichugu-Kutus Baricho Nyamindi are known to lack Common-sense. But one has to respect them for their collective stupidity their primitiveness , barbarism ,that this part of the world has not seen the light ! They have chosen darkness as their shining star. The whole community has been made catalyst(blind-supporters) of supporting Kikuyu (GEMA)Big brother blindly . They have been collectively blinded by their lack of brains stupidity and silliness, (born-Zombies) read what they selling them cheap prostrating under the feet of William Ruto who came direct from the ICC in Hague accussed of murdering their brothers and sisters!
Oh my God ,just listen to these (Monkeys) The followed ruto at the ICC leaving their Parliament job hence idlers and corruption and to come to Europe for buying sex from Holland Red-Light District >Watch the Video!>
Uhuruto took themselves to Hague! With an Idiot Lumbwa like Kimaiyo The Killing of Jobless youth will be police meat for Lunch and supper>Youth should arm & fight for their rights!http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2013/09/armed-thugs-will-met-firepower-kimaiyo/
Sex Joy -Riders Failed to get Sex business> These Sexual Maniacs failed miserably to sell sex in Red-Light Districts> Holland is not Kenya! Watch the Video>
the two suspected criminals should go at face the scheduled trials instead of using their parliamentary and senatorial numbers to remove Kenya from the ICC. They knew this moment would arrive, having lied to their gullible voters that Raila took them to the Hague. The victims lawyer put a good case so we wait to c how things will get. Uhuru and Ruto should man up!
Ruto Confirms It Was Not Raila BUT Kibaki’s Bureacrats and ICC Prosecutor Who Coached Witnesses To Fix Him
Deputy President William Ruto yesterday listened pensively how PNU side of the coalition government conspired with the ICC prosecutor to fix him for worst crimes ever on earth. It was an awkward for a leader whose sidekicks went round his home region of rift valley preaching to the unsuspecting villagers that it was Raila Odinga who fixed them at the ICC.
Finally Joshua Sang’s revelation just before the March 4th election was vindicated, Sang had told the public that it was the Mt Kenya elites who conspired to have his name and that of Ruto feature in the Ocampo list. The revelations were made by Sang’s defence counsel Katwa Kigen on his opening submission to the trial chamber.
The revelations only served to embarrass Deputy President Ruto who despite knowing who were his accusers chose to lie to the public for political expediency, Ruto already had access to the evidence to be presented by prosecutors several months ago, however during the campaign his surrogates publicly lied that it was Raila Odinga who took them to the Hague.
Wilson Biwot: You seem to have forgotten why Uhuru and Ruto became part of the original Ocampo Six. It is the ICC that chose not to concentrate upon Kisumu and other areas, but specifically those that they chose. It is therefore not about the North Rift.
I see no panic because Uhuru and Ruto have a chance to clear themselves of those charges if they were falsely accused. By the way, now that they want the charges brought back home, what has improved in our Judiciary? Realistically, do you think Kenya’s members of the Executive can appear in a court within Kenya to answer charges? These are selfish leaders.
Yes, Muhoho was dispatched to show solidarity between the Kenyatta and Ruto families. When you are facing a court which you cannot intimidate or control, you cannot take any chances. The accused have to stick together. What a joke this has become. Kikuyus are not interested in the horrors that Kalenjins committed against them because they want to protect Uhuru Kenyatta from justice. The victims of post-election violence have been thrown under the bus.
http://www.nation.co.ke/news/First+Hagu … index.htmlLiberate yourself from your tribe and its “leaders.” It’s a great feeling!
Here Mr William Ruto adressing Central People of Nyeri to stop having sexual with Donkeys But rather Monkeys becouse (Monkeys looks like them)and they are their Cousins!
Huyo Muuwanji Ruto may Committ Suicide very soon >
Where is Gen: Hussein Ali aka former ICC suspect to Advice (Kimaiyo IG Of Kenya Rogue Police Force) Mchenzi IG Kimaiyo has forgotten very Quickly that You cannot go away with killing Kenyans!ICC is there to Stay Stop Ordering the Shooting of Innocent Kenyans on sight by your Criminals gangs (hiding in Police uniform) Kwekwe Squads! The Role of Police is to protect & to defend Kenyans and to follow laws (today the Rogue Police force serves the High& the Might in Kenya Failed State!
http://www.thepeople.co.ke/20583/two-aps-gang-killed-missionary/Mr Kimaiyo your days are numbered!(Pumbavu!)
Why is Ruto carrying his Family when attending his ICC case in Hague?It is an eye-Sore to families he killed and to Kikuyu of Kiambaa Church Ruto and his worriors burnt alive! When we see this murderer Enjoying fully with her well-fed family with looted and grabbed ill-gotten wealth!makes one cry for Justice>Ruto has courage to tell Kenyans that his case will be thrown-out!What a hogwash?
Whats On Hague >Just Give this Piglet Sang a Microphone and let him Yap Kikuyu hate Calling them Madoadoa( its the Same Sang (Mdomo Kumbwa)Vomitting Slogans at Kass MF!
You will suffer for it just relax>In Rwanda we had the Same Short Guy Preaching Hutu/Tutsi Kill Madoadoa! ICC is waiting you to Kalenjinize your Hogwash>
The IG (Inspector General(mad mad) Kimaiyo ordered the Flogging(Whipping) Caning) this Young Turkana Boy (Note) Turkana is the Most maginalized Community(tribe ) of Kenya >Their Land (Zone) Province haSS MASSIVE (hUGE)OIL& GAS THAT CAN SUSTAIN KENYA FOR THE LAST 300YEARS OR MORE>
Man caught having SEX with GOAT in Nyeri
Saturday 14th September 2013 – A middle aged man was caught today morning having sex with a goat in a village in Nyeri.
The man had tied the goat at a pole and was busy defiling it when a passerby caught him. According to an eye witness, the man, aged 23 was defiling the goat at a bush where it had been tied by the owner.
He had removed his shirt which he used to tie the hind legs of the goat, then unzipped his trouser and defiled the goat which was now bleating. He knew very well that doing so in a bush would not attract attention.
However, a passerby noticed some commotion in the bush and checked only to find the man in the act.
Speaking to the media, the owner said that the man bribed him not to report the mater to anyone. He requested that they solve the matter without involving others.
Unfortunately a crowd had already gathered to witness what was happening with word going round that the man had been caught defiling a goat.
He was arrested and taken to the Chief’s Camp waiting to be arraigned in court on Monday.
Kenya gave us 46 oil wells, claims Nigerian Petroleum minister
A powerful Nigerian minister has revealed that Kenya allocated 46 oil blocks to investors from her country during a recent state visit to Nairobi by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Nigeria’s Minister for Petroleum Resources Diezani Alison-Madueke told the State-run News Agency of Nigeria after the Kenyan visit that the concession was given in talks preceding an investment forum held in Nairobi on September 6. This was, however, not made public during the three-day visit that started on September 5.
Ms Alison-Madueke further said that the bilateral oil and gas Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which was among the seven signed during the Nairobi visit, was broadly meant to help Kenya benefit from the West African giant’s decades of experience in oil exploration and production, mostly by sharing information on policies and processes.
“It is well known now that Kenya recently discovered hydro-carbon reserves and they are very keen to move quite aggressively in terms of exploration activities. They felt that, as a sister African country, it only makes sense that we exchange agreement in co-operation to hand over knowledge, capabilities and experience learnt,” the minister, who accompanied President Jonathan to Nairobi alongside 50 top Nigerian investors, told her country’s journalists.
She inferred the oil blocks were a sweetener that gave the West Africans a foothold in Kenya, which is “a burgeoning frontier for investment in the oil and gas sector”.
“We also looked at the areas surrounding Nigeria’s investment possibilities where we think Nigerian businessmen and women could come into the oil and gas sector in Kenya,” she said.
However, Mr Manoah Esipisu, Kenya’s Secretary for Communications and State House Spokesman, denied Nigerian investors had been allocated oil blocks.
“If the Nigerian minister said that, it is not true. Kenya signed an MoU with Nigeria and there was nothing specific attached to it; the MoU contained no oil blocks. That is why President Uhuru Kenyatta said the MoUs should be turned into agreements by early next year. What this basically means is that the specifics have to be agreed on,” Mr Esipisu said when the Sunday Nation contacted him.
He explained that if the Nigerians were interested in oil blocks then they had to follow the correct procedure and put in a request to be considered. Mr Esipisu, however, said Kenya is keen to learn from Nigeria’s decades of experience.
“Nigeria offered technical expertise in oil production, which they have been doing since 1958 and Kenya is willing to take this on board. Then there was an earlier agreement where Nigeria sold to Kenya 30,000 barrels of crude oil at concessionary rates. This has since expired and Kenya would like to renew it,” he said.
Other MoUs signed between the two governments covered visa exemption for holders of diplomatic passports; tourism; twinning of cities and towns; trade and investment; agriculture, livestock and fisheries; and the conclusion of agreements on double taxation and promotion and protection of investments. Only cursory details on the deals were publicly revealed.
The denial comes days after the two countries strengthened bilateral ties following a diplomatic fallout from the deportation in July of alleged Nigerian drug kingpins, including the controversial Anthony Chinedu.
Nigeria is the world’s 13th biggest oil producer, with an estimated output of 2.2 million barrels per day. But the African giant is largely seen as a study in how not to manage oil wealth.
With a history of armed conflict in the restive oil-rich Niger Delta, complaints of skewed revenue allocation, theft, dysfunctional state petroleum infrastructure and corruption, the clichéd “resource curse” has often been applied to the continent’s most populous state and second largest economy after South Africa.
While Nigeria discovered oil in the 1950s, Kenya’s long search for the “black gold” in commercially viable quantities bubbled to the surface last year when the then President Mwai Kibaki announced that Tullow, a British company, had found oil in Turkana.
Before the Nigerian minister’s revelations, news that Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote planned to open a Sh35 billion cement factory in Kenya stirred the most excitement.
The statement on the oil blocks by a senior Nigerian official raises questions on whether secret deals were struck during the recent visit. It also puts the spotlight on transparency in the management of Kenya’s nascent oil sector.
Uhuru abd Ruto took themselves to the ICC in Hague? Other vital questions is >Americans latest War machines and technology wil make SYRIA a Minced meat Factory>
Former President Mr Mwai Kibaki/NSIS/UhuruKenyatta ,William Ruto ,GEMA brains > planned the Killings of High(Value of the ICC witnesses) The Late Saitoti Home Security Minister) The Late Mutula Kilonzo (Minister of Justice ) both were killed through well planned asassinations>Helicopter crash and Poisoning!
ICC should demand and investigate the Killings of their Witnesses > The former Administration Commandant (Mbuthia Kinuthia Second in Command should tell all what he knows! The ICC has the right to demand statements from PCs and provincial Commanders who served under Mwai Kibaki during election violence 207/8>
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Even with a Sh400,000 cheque, it doesn’t get any better for IDPs
By Gitau Warigi
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The other day, Mr and Mrs IDP got an official cheque for Sh400,000.
By perfect coincidence, it was just before The Hague trials started. The message? Fold up your tent. Move on. Jubilee is in power. Forget what happened. It’s of little consequence. Halleluyah.
The same week, the Senate passed a motion for Kenya to withdraw from the Rome Statute, which established the International Criminal Court (ICC). It joined the National Assembly, which had done so earlier. That’s another hooray.
It doesn’t get any better for Mr and Mrs IDP. The African Union has written to the ICC demanding the cancellation of the Kenyan trials. From Kampala, a senior ICC official remarked that Kenya’s withdrawal from the court will mean that post-election violence victims will not be beneficiaries of an ICC Trust Fund set up for victims.
They will not even be beneficiaries of a straightforward thing called justice.
When some people cockily shout their “innocence” at The Hague, the victims can only remember their lives that got destroyed. When some break down in melodramatic public tears over the joy of getting power, the victims are crying real tears for loved ones who were murdered.
Maybe somebody is right that a country’s CEO should not be prosecuted by a foreign court. But what about the fellow who killed Mr IDP’s children and raped his wife? Can Fatou Bensouda stand on a leg if we decided to genuinely punish the footsoldier? Haven’t we been saying that our Judiciary has been reformed? Why haven’t we embarked on serious prosecutions since 2008? Or is there something else we don’t want to say?
Ah, prosecutions, what for? Some high official called me last week to say that. I hung up the phone on him. Did human societies since antiquity set up justice structures to be mere decorations? For show? Isn’t there something in human nature that is more fundamental than the pursuit of power? What is the whole point of being Kenyan anyway?
One of Nigeria’s founding statesmen, Sir Ahmadu Bello (he was knighted by the British), had a famous maxim he told his complicated countrymen: “The national question is not about everybody forgetting their ethnic differences but is about understanding those differences and managing them.” The operative words are “understanding” and “managing”.
You have to be silly if you think we have to agree on everything, especially voting. If you imagine Jubilee is happy-happy land, try and suggest that URP merges with TNA.
Ironically, if the Igbo community of Nigeria had heeded Sir Ahmadu Bello’s advice, there would not have been a civil war in that country. Virtually every other African state – Kenya very much included – is an artificial creation of colonialism. What Sir Ahmadu was saying was that we stop pretending we are nations, and build on shared interests in a gradual way.
I will not pretend that I understand or want to understand the night-runners of western Kenya (who i’m told are, absurdly, demanding government recognition).
Nor, I am certain, would anybody be interested in interacting with a fellow from my home county, who was recently convicted of fornicating with a cow.
In the same breath, nobody wants to deal with a pseudo-warrior, who burns down a church where women and children are hiding.
In days of yore, according to my late beloved grandmother, true warriors never touched women and children.
Maybe Sir Ahmadu was right. Maybe we need to sit back and reconsider the whole notion of a “Kenyan” entity. Maybe we should tear up the Constitution and remain with none. Maybe we need to redraw our internal boundaries and decide whose “ancestral” land was whose. It is evident that some of our ethnic cultures simply can’t co-exist. Maybe we can resolve the whole devolution mess this way.
UHuru Kenyatta Praised and Worshipped Chinese Engineers who took 3 weeks to build (repair) a burned -out Nairobi Airport>We African Kenyans has big heads and body but we cannot think(build) like these ltle and short in stature Chinese (Yellow) people with big brains unlike our Phds Proffessors and Engineers>These words came from Uhuru Kenyatta (president )when oppening Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Airport >Kenya praises Chinese contractor for remodeling gutted airport
English.news.cn 2013-09-15 07:08:25
NAIROBI, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) — Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday praised the Chinese contractor who rebuilt the country’s biggest airport terminal in a space of three weeks after the fire gutted down the arrival section on Aug. 7.
Kenyatta who toured the facility said the Chinese contractor, China National Aero-technology International Engineering Corporation, has done a commendable job despite the challenges they have faced.
“We want to thank the Chinese contractor for building a temporary terminal at cost of 1 million dollars as a gift to the Kenyan people,” Kenyatta said during a tour of the airport.
In August, fire broke out at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, which is the largest airport in the eastern and central Africa, and expressed satisfaction that operations at the airport have resumed to levels prior to the fire incident, a month ago. “With the kind of development we are seeing here, we are hopeful that we will be able to get the airport to be an air travel hub in Africa as a whole,” Kenyatta said.
“We had an unfortunate incident one month ago but a few weeks down the road our Chinese colleagues have put in place a temporary facility that has enabled the facility to resume to full capacity, ” he said.
The Chinese contractor managed to remodel the airport’s garage area into a temporary arrival terminal at a cost of 1 million dollars without charging the government. The temporary terminal currently being used has greatly improved operations at the airport.
“We want to thank all the airlines for standing alongside Kenya during the difficult time,” he said. The Kenyan leader added that the new Terminal Four is expected to be operational by the end of December.
“This will also coincide with the groundbreaking of the phase one of the airport expansion,” he said. Kenyatta said that the long term goal is make Nairobi, Africa’s air transport hub.
The Garage Facility at the new Terminal Four has been opened for arrivals and the tents that were previously used have been removed. Work on the new Terminal Four has been fast-tracked and it will be completed by December.
He said work on the new Greenfield project, a completely new terminal building at the airport, will start in the coming week and be completed within three years.
Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau said that China is a true friend of Kenya. “It stepped in at the right time to ensure that Kenya’s aviation sector is not interrupted by the fire incident,” Kamau said.
Mbugua said that the project has also enabled the airport to continue connecting Africa to the rest of the world.
China National Aero-technology International Engineering Corporation Managing Director Huang Hongyou said that his firm will also complete the construction of the phase one expansion project in three years.
“It will have a capacity of handling at least 20 million passengers annually,” he said.
Davis Kungu, who used the airport, said that Kenya has handled this stuation through appealling to our comrade chinese people otherwise with our poor thinking and lack of able men our universities cannot produce engineers of chinese caribre ,we never had such expectations. “It is now operating at full capacity,” he said.
Rajiv Shah, who arrived at the airport from India, said that the temporary international terminal is offering satisfactory service. “I was impressed by the new facilities,” Shah said. Chinese are very smart than India where i come.
NOTE>In Fact this was a let down from President men Davis Kungu, who used the airport, said that Kenya has handled this stuation through appealling to our comrade chinese people otherwise with our poor thinking and lack of able men our universities cannot produce engineers of chinese caribre ,we never had such expectations. “It is now operating at full capacity,” he said.
Rajiv Shah, who arrived at the airport from India, said that the temporary international terminal is offering satisfactory service. “I was impressed by the new facilities,” Shah said. Chinese are very smart than India and indians where i come from.
THE wife to exiled former Deputy AP Commandant Oku Kaunya yesterday denied claims that her husband is an ICC witness. Millicent Oku said her husband fled the country because his security was not assured.
Speaking to the press in Malaba town, Oku said the rumour was baseless, and her husband has not been interrogated by the ICC. Kaunya left the country in April 2010.
It was then rumoured that he would be a key witness for the ICC prosecutor over the four Kenyan suspects facing trial at The Hague. The government took Kaunya’s absence from work as desertion and relieved him of his duties. This Guy knows many secrets in the Government .and how Ap is a kikuyu military force .he might be ICC (highest Valued asset)
Icc has the right to get to the bottom of a murderer govt of kenya!The ICC must know how this monstrous of a govt operates in killing witnesses!
Uhuru& Ruto took themselves to the Hague>but these armed Jingas complises washa wakule-shaba!
Junior officers in the administration police department are stumped as to how they will report one of their seniors who has recently been awarding tenders to companies associated with him. The senior cop is not due to go for vetting anytime soon but his juniors are already collecting evidence which they intend to present if and when this happens. In the meantime, they are trying to figure out how they can get the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission to investigate their boss without jeopardizing their jobs.
Africa / African News
Hague trial keeps Kenyans mesmerised
by Susan Linnee, September 17 2013, 05:35
NAIROBI — Few major crimes are prosecuted in Kenya. The assassinations and mysterious deaths of political figures tend to be old and cold cases. Those responsible for corruption or the political mayhem that led to dozens of pre-election deaths in 1991-92 and 1997 remain uncharged or walked free when judges threw their cases out for lack of evidence.
Yet hapless thieves who bang someone on the head while stealing a chicken are tried, convicted and sentenced to death in the blink of an eye, often before a single judge.
So it came as a shock that six prominent men were formally charged in 2011 with crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in connection with the deaths of at least 1,100 of their fellow citizens and the forced displacement of 600,000 others nearly four years earlier, in the aftermath of the 2007 general election.
When their appearance before the court’s pretrial chamber in The Hague was televised live, Kenyan viewers were mesmerised. Unable or unwilling to establish a local tribunal to prosecute those deemed most responsible for organising and committing the violence, according to a commission headed by Judge Philip Waki, the government and parliament of Kenya acquiesced to turning over their names to the ICC. “Don’t be vague; it’s The Hague,” became the mantra of those who opposed local trials, including Deputy President William Ruto, whose trial in the Dutch city opened last Tuesday. The reason stated was that Kenyan courts were not up to the task; the assumption was that it would take forever for the international court to bring anyone to trial.
Two years later, the cases against three of the six accused have been dropped due to lack of evidence; two of the three remaining defendants are Mr Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta, former rivals turned allies. Public support for the ICC and the trials has plummeted.
“Right now people are reacting; they were caught by surprise that the trials are actually taking place. They thought the cases would collapse, but now the day has come,” said social commentator and columnist Clay Muganda. “There is a lot of noise. People keep calling the ICC a political court and blaming their political enemies and nongovernmental organisations for what they see as a political plot. People are reacting as though the court has already decided its verdict,” he said. “What they don’t seem to understand is that these people have highly paid and skilled lawyers to argue their cases.”
When Mr Ruto and Mr Kenyatta, whose trial is due to begin on November 12, campaigned for the March 4 general election, they insisted their cases represented “personal challenges”, that they would face on their own.
But today their attorneys — and the African Union (AU) — claim that it is unfair of the court to make them attend the hearings when they have important matters of state to deal with.
“Since the elections, Kenyan foreign policy is becoming captive to the experiences of two men. What had been ‘personal challenges’ are now being construed as a Kenyan problem, and the AU — which is more and more a bunch of heads of state rather than a body representing the citizens of Africa — is playing along,” said Godwin Murunga, deputy director of the African Leadership Centre in Nairobi.
Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda — Kenya’s four East African Community partners — and Eritrea — have asked the ICC to exempt Mr Ruto from obligatory attendance so he can perform his constitutional duties; the ICC’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, is strongly opposed, arguing that the court should treat all defendants equally.
From their opening statements, the attorneys for Mr Ruto and broadcaster Joshua Sang appear to be angling for early acquittals, arguing that their clients are upstanding, God-fearing citizens and the prosecution’s case is a shambles”.
“There is a rotten underbelly of this case that the prosecutor has swallowed hook, line and sinker, indifferent to the truth, and all too eager to latch on to any version, any account, any story that somehow ticks the boxes,” declared Mr Ruto’s attorney, Karim Khan, a veteran lawyer at international tribunals.
But neither defence attorney has so far made much of an attempt to counter the specific allegations in the indictments.
Ms Bensouda will try to prove that well before the 1997 general elections, Mr Ruto was already deeply involved in establishing a group of influential men of his Kalenjin community to carry out what amounted to ethnic cleansing in the Rift Valley in western Kenya.
From the start, assembling credible witnesses has been a problem for the prosecution, which only began its own in-country investigations nearly two years after the events.
Ms Bensouda has repeatedly warned of witness-tampering through both bribery and intimidation and has seen her line-up dwindle from more than 40 witnesses to about 22.
In fact, last Wednesday the trials were adjourned until Tuesday as she was unable to call her first witness because the three ahead of witness 536 — who was not in The Hague last week but is expected to appear on Tuesday — had dropped out, citing family concerns. among other things.
Coincidentally, as the clamour rose to “bring the trials back home”, among politicians in the ruling Jubilee coalition and a fair number from the opposition Cord movement, the new Independent Policing Oversight Authority released its Baseline Survey on Policing Standards and Gaps in Kenya last Thursday.
“The quality of investigations at police stations is very poor. The impact of professional misconduct is very high,” the report began before stating that whether an investigation is even opened depends on the status of the complainant or victim, adding that 62% of robberies reported to police never proceed beyond the station.
Police are in charge of all criminal investigations in Kenya, although there are plans on the table to involve the office of the public prosecutor.
“Overall 64% of the felony cases reviewed never met the minimum evidentiary threshold to charge a person with an offence. This threshold is much lower than the beyond reasonable doubt,” the report said.
What has become lost in the drama surrounding the fact that the trials have actually begun, Mr Murunga said, is that “we have forgotten that indeed acts of violence occurred.
“The process has been politicised to such an extent as to make sure that the core of the problem is not expressed.”
http://www.bdlive.co.za/africa/africann … mesmerised
UHURU KENYATTA Bullshitted the ICC He Wont attend a MUZUNGU Court! UHURU IS KENYA AND KENYA IS UHURU KENYATTA GEMA-KIKUYU !NOTE> Kikuyu fought UK (GREAT BRITAIN) Using MAU-MAU (todays (MUNGIKI) who massacred LUOS/LUHIAS /KISII’s During 207/8 Violence>
Detailed NSIS Reports Helped Ocampo’s Case
25 January 2012
Reports filed by the national spy agency played a key role in convincing International Criminal Court judges that four suspects who now face trial in The Hague have a case to answer.
The situation analyses by the National Security Intelligence Service (NSIS) were used to corroborate witness testimonies, especially relating to the violence in Naivasha, Nakuru and the North Rift.
In their decision, the judges indicated that NSIS reports submitted to the Waki Commission which investigated the post election violence and were later passed on to the ICC prosecutor were used to reinforce arguments by witnesses who incriminated the suspects.
NSIS Director-General Michael Gichangi testified before the Waki commission on July 21, 2008 and part of his evidence was adduced in camera.
He said that NSIS had names of politicians who bank rolled militias to cause violence and requested to reveal their identities in private.”We established they were politicians who were seeking elective posts such as civic leaders and Members of Parliament as well as others from the private sector,” he said.
ICC Pre-trial judges have committed Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Eldoret North MP William Ruto, Head of Public Service Francis Muthaura, and radio presenter Joshua arap Sang to trial in connection with 2008 killings in Naivasha, Nakuru and Rift Valley.
Although the defence teams had hoped to demonstrate that the witnesses relied upon by the prosecution were unreliable, the Pre-Trial Chamber found that many of their assertions were backed up by official government records produced by the spy agency.
The judges also relied on reports by the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, International Crisis Group, Human Rights Watch and the Waki commission.
The detailed analysis of the situation on the ground prior to the major attacks which took place during the weeks of mayhem also show that the government was aware of plans for violence but did little to prevent it.
The agency indicated that by November 2007, Kalenjin youth were already harbouring plans to attack the Kikuyu and Kisii in parts of Rift Valley to disenfranchise the two communities for supporting certain politicians.The judges cited NSIS situation reports of January 23, 2008 which explicitly mention a suspect allegedly organising Mungiki members to attack non-Kikuyus.
Similarly, on January 15, 2008, the NSIS reported that “Kikuyu youth in Naivasha were planning to revenge violence meted to their kinsmen in Narok by attacking the Maasai, the Luhya and the Luo in Naivasha.”
In a January 2008 report, NSIS said that “some senior Kalenjin personalities were funding ODM activists to organise youth for violence.”
In his testimony before the Waki commission, Major-Gen Gichangi pointed out that some youths took oaths to commit atrocities during the post-election period.
They did this with blessings from politicians.
As early as January 3, 2008, the spy agency had information that Mungiki members were meeting to carrying revenge attacks on Luos and Kalenjins travelling along Nairobi-Naivasha highway.”On January 28, 2008, it reported allegations that armed Mungiki sect members wearing police uniforms had been moving from house to house in Nakuru posing as police officers in search of members of certain communities whom they would then attack.
MPs to blame for ICC trials, says Ongoro
By DENNIS ODUNGA
Misinformation that cases at the International Criminal Court (ICC) would take years to commence duped MPs to reject a local tribunal to handle the 2007/08 post-election violence cases.
Nominated Senator Elizabeth Ongoro said it was unfortunate that some of the MPs, who were opposed to establishing a local tribunal to try suspected masterminds of the violence, were dividing the country along ethnic lines by blaming others for the turn of events.
The Senator said the MPs change of heart to push for the trials to be brought near home was coming late in the day and would do little to enhance efforts being made towards national reconciliation and healing.
“There was a fallacy. People understood the cases would take off when they are long dead. Some people claimed that even cases related to second world war are still pending before the court,” the Senator told the press in her office.
She said the country’s decision to withdraw from the Rome Statute was in bad faith as it left Kenyans without an option should a similar scenario befall them in future.
The Senator said the country needed a neutral body in the event a ruler decides to govern disregards of the rule of law.
Ms Ongoro said, “We make decisions based on issues that are not weighty and not viewed at through the lenses of future generations. Withdrawing from the Rome Statute would be one of the most costly mistakes this country ever made.”
The Senator added, “We need a global platform to intervene when conflicts get out of control to be handled in-house Who will cushion a given community if a ruler one day decides to get rid of it through a silent decree?”
She said the 2007 General Election was peaceful, despite of the complaints that came up, because people were still alive with the ICC.
She challenged her fellow legislators to put the country’s interests first and desist from handling the ICC matters with emotions as that would polarize the country further and compromise the gains so far realised in building peace.
“The trial has commenced and let’s reminds Kenyans how we have reached this level instead of fighting the process. We may be judges in our own right but at this level politicians should stop fanning hatred by making statements that divide the country farther,” she said.
Ms Ongoro recounted how she had to flee the country soon after the 2007 elections due to threats to her life and challenged leaders to play an active role in bringing the country together especially at this time when the President and his deputy are facing charges.
“I was under siege from the time my results in Kasarani were announced after the 2007 General Election. At one point, my competitors had to escort me to my house. Those who died were close to me and I am yet to overcome the mental anguish this chaos caused me,” she said.
The Senator said President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy, Mr William Ruto at least have an opportunity to tell the world what happened as opposed to some of those linked to chaos through reports.
“I want a scenario where an accused can look at his accusers in the eye as opposed to when you are mentioned wrongly and your name is just splashed to the public. At least the two (President Uhuru and Mr Ruto) have a platform to vindicate themselves,” she said.
Africa Continent will never stop Wonders>read a Penis (thinking)King Mswata(Nyani)(In fact Mswata is a Rapist & a Paedophilia)
Sunday, 07 April 2013 09:29
Ringera Regrets Signing Rome Statute
The former anti graft chief retired Justice Aaron Ringera has expressed his regrets of having appended his signature to the Rome Statute making Kenya a member state of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Justice Ringera said that he signed the Rome Statute before it was taken to the Kenyan Parliament for ratification.
“I regret ever signing The Rome Statute. I did not know it would come to haunt my friend and my President and his Deputy,” said Ringera.
“I signed the Rome Statute at 2am in London, making Kenya party to the ICC.”
The former Kenya Anti Corruption Chief faulted the 10th Parliament for having failed to constitute a local tribunal to try the suspects and instead sending them to The Hague.
“My saddest day was when Parliament passed that suspects be charged at The Hague. Parliament should protect its citizens even if it means doing so by amending the law.”
Kenya signed the Rome Statute on August 11th, 1999, and ratified on March 15th, 2005, becoming the 98th State Party.
Ringera was speaking during a thanksgiving ceremony for the former Head of Civil Service Francis Muthaura who had charges against him dropped by the ICC.
Speaking at the special ceremony, Muthaura expressed confidence that charges against the remaining Kenyan suspects at the ICC including the President elect Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto will also be dropped.
Muthaura further noted that the cases at the ICC were “polluted” both locally and internationally.
“The case was polluted by international interference and our own political divisions. Our police and Judges can do investigations better than Hague,” said Muthaura.
The thanksgiving ceremony was organized at Muthaura’s residence in Nkoroi area in Kajiado County.
During an earlier news conference, Muthaura said that the ICC conducted “shallow” investigations and burdened people who were not party to the post poll chaos that followed the 2007 disputed presidential election.
Muthaura and his friends spoke just as the ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda put on a brave face saying that recent reports of the withdrawal of prosecution witnesses against President elect Uhuru Kenyatta would not jeopardize her case.
Three key witnesses are said to have pulled out of the case towards the end of last year, while the latest prosecution witness to pull out of the William Ruto case, called it a day in February this year.
Bensouda, however, cautioned people against spreading sensational statements raising doubt about the level of co-operation of the prosecution witnesses asking those involved to let justice take its due course.
By Koome Kimonye and Sylvia Chebet