ICC: “Ruto Fixing” Allegations by Kibaki’s Henchmen Have Vindicated Raila Odinga
The ongoing debate on how some current senior Government officials appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta ‘fixed’ Deputy President William Ruto by sending him to the International Criminal Court (ICC), indicates growing distrust in the Jubilee Coalition. Ruto’s defense counsel has accused then-senior civil servants linked to former President Kibaki’s Party of National Unity (PNU) of having ‘coached’ witnesses to testify against her client. The plan “was to fix Mr. Ruto as the sponsor of the violence that erupted after the 2007/08 General Election,” said Ruto’s lawyer, Shyamala Alagendra. This information vindicates former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who has incessantly been falsely accused by the Kalenjin community of having taken Ruto to the ICC.
Ruto’s close ally, Senator Charles Keter of Kericho County, gave a political angle to the ‘fixing’ allegation when he recently said that some of the personalities alleged to have pushed Ruto’s case to the ICC are now working in the Jubilee government. “I think it is a shame that the same people who wanted to fix Ruto are sitting comfortably in government. How do you serve the government of the person you wanted to jail?” he asked. “We cannot keep on sharing power with such individuals. Some of us are not ready to negotiate with such people. We are not going to do that because we want the truth to prevail and we do not know where the loyalty of these people really is,” he added. (See Daily Nation November 11, 2013).
It is claimed that those who masterminded the fixing of Ruto even offered money and protection to witnesses who accepted to testify against him. They include: former presidential candidate and the then Justice minister Martha Karua, Mutea Iringo, then-Deputy Permanent Secretary for Internal Security (now Interior Principal Secretary) and Nancy Gitau, the then Political Affairs Director of former President Mwai Kibaki (now President Kenyatta’s Chief Political Advisor).
Ruto and his Kalenjin people knew that Kibaki’s Government had fixed him but it was important to use Raila Odinga as a scapegoat to justify his bitter departure from the Orange Democratic Party (ODM). He also needed propaganda material for his presidential bid as he sought to woo the Kalenjin community which voted overwhelmingly for Raila in 2007. The Hague issue and claims that it was Raila who evicted Kalenjins from the Mau Forest, worked quite well to turn the Kalenjin community against Raila and the ODM. However, it is an undisputed fact that it was Ruto who rallied the Kalenjin and Kikuyu MPs around the ‘don’t be vague, go to The Hague’ slogan. On the Mau issue, Ruto was by then the Agriculture minister and was bound by collective responsibility in Cabinet decisions. Therefore, Raila could not have decided on the evictions without Cabinet approval.
The Kikuyus were angry with Ruto whom they wanted totally nailed for allegedly planning the killing of Kikuyus notably in the Kiambaa church, and elsewhere in Rift Valley, during the post-election violence (PEV). At that time, they did not consider him as the political Kingpin who would later deliver the much needed Kalenjin votes to support their son Uhuru Kenyatta, after Mwai Kibaki’s presidency.
Was Ruto framed?
According to an article by Giles Humphry “The Framing of William Samoei Ruto: How Martha Karua Made an Ass Out of International Law”, Ruto was fixed by a group of people associated with then-ruling party, PNU. Humphry’s article includes narratives by the so-called ‘coached witnesses’. Former Justice Minister Martha Karua, had a reason to frame Ruto: “She is a Kikuyu politician who was justice minister at the time of the 2007 elections. In a January 2008 interview with BBC’s Hardtalk, she accused the Orange Democratic Movement (with Ruto and Odinga in the mix) of planning the post election violence and organising ethnic cleansing. After the signing of The National Accord, Karua agreed to serve under Odinga. She could not therefore go after him and presumably went after Ruto because she wanted someone to pay for the crimes against her community.” (See: gileshumphry.com).
Humphry claims that there was a conspiracy which involved Kalenjins who would testify against Ruto. One William Rono, was among the original instigators of the plot. “At the time of the 2007 election Rono was an activist in President Kibaki’s Party of National Unity. After the election he was elected PNU chairman for Eldoret North in the Rift Valley. In the post election violence his house was attacked by supporters of the Orange Democratic Movement. In the aftermath of the violence he and other PNU activists set out to fix leading figures in the Rift valley ODM on charges of organising violence. The main targets were Ruto, Joshua Sang and Henry Kosgey. They also hoped to fix Raila Odinga, the national leader of the ODM but the main focus was on the local Rift valley leaders whom they could better hope to credibly implicate. At the same time, he says, ODM activists were seeking to fix PNU figures on charges of election rigging and counter violence. His aim was not to get the targets convicted but rather to trash their reputation before the various investigations set up to look into the violence, primarily the investigations of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights and the Waki commission. Rono himself acted as one of the witnesses and knew seven of those who were relocated to Tanzania to become ICC witnesses. All of these had positions in the PNU or affiliate parties such as NARC Kenya, currently led by Martha Karua. All were poor, several unemployed. Typically they were victims of the post election violence seeking revenge. They were from the Kalenjin community, chosen because Kalenjin witnesses had a better chance of fixing Kalenjin politicians such as Ruto, Sang and Kosgey. All of these witnesses testified to both the KNCHR and Waki rendering unremarkable the fact that they came to similar conclusions.” (In: gileshumpry.com).
Revealed: A list of 10 people who allegedly fixed deputy president William Ruto at the Hague: 1. Mutea Iringo – Office of the President; 2. Stephen Tarus – Former Kenya ambassador to Australia; 3. Nancy Gitau – Office of the President; 4. Martha Karua – former Justice and Constitutional minister; 5. Stephen Mugwira – Office of the President; 6. Abraham Limo – Office of the President; 7. William Rono – Office of the President; 8. Bethuel Ruto – office of the President; 9. Mr Njenga Mwangi – office of the President; 10. Peter Maundu – Office of the President. (See: nairobiexposed.com).
From the “Ruto fixing” allegations by both Ruto’s layers and a section of Kalenjin politicians, Raila Odinga has now been vindicated on accusations that he had a hand in the tribulations of the ICC indictees. The main agenda of the Kikuyu ruling class is not just to fix Ruto but to disable him politically as he gets entangled in the ICC quagmire. The continued appointments of Kikuyus to top positions in the Jubilee government without consultation with Ruto is yet another pointer that there is a wider scheme to “contain Ruto” whom, nevertheless, will be facing a crisis of sorts as he begins to appreciate the treacherous and deceitful nature of the Mount Kenyan Mafia cartel that is currently in control of the State machine after using Ruto to deliver the Kalenjin vote.