The Absurdity of Jubilee Politicians’ “Prayer Rallies” for William Ruto
The ongoing prayer rallies by the Jubilee politicians for William Ruto who is accused at the International Criminal Court (ICC) of murder, persecution and organizing attacks during the 2007-08 post-election violence (PEV) in Kenya, are sheer acts of absurdity. On February 21, 2009 an article in the Daily Nation titled “Ruto: Why I Prefer The Hague Route” specifically quoted William Ruto saying: “Kofi Annan should hand over the envelope that contains names of suspects to the International Criminal Court at The Hague so that proper investigations can start. Mr. Annan should allow us to move forward. We cannot just get stuck in one place addressing the same thing.” The statement confirmed that Ruto preferred to have his case taken to The Hague. Why then, are the Jubilee clowns praying for his acquittal?
Although the ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has already closed Ruto’s case and awaits his defense team to begin defending him, Jubilee sycophants believe that political theatrics in the name of prayers will rescue him. The prayers include speeches that insult former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, calling him the real cause of the PEV, and that he should be the one facing trial. Recently, their proverbial wag Moses Kuria claimed he had earlier teamed up with former Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Martha Karua to solicit ICC witnesses against Ruto. Karua quickly got the High Court to slap a gag order on him not to issue statements connecting her to such allegations.
The article mentioned above further states: “Mr Ruto’s latest stand contradicts the position of Prime Minister Raila Odinga, leader of his ODM party, who prefers a local tribunal. A government motion to set up a special local tribunal was defeated in Parliament earlier this month, raising the possibility that suspects whose names were given to Mr Annan in a sealed envelope by the Waki Commission could be taken to The Hague for trial.”
If Raila Odinga preferred a Kenyan tribunal for the PEV cases, why are the Jubilee clowns fooling Kenyans that he took Ruto’s case to the ICC? There is a lot of foolishness in these politicians who believe the ICC is like the Supreme Court of Kenya whose recent ruling in favor of the teachers’ salary increments was ignored by Uhuru Kenyatta. They often refer to the ICC as a political court which in their twisted minds, can be bribed in favor of their corrupt wishes. Meanwhile, many must sing Raila’s name to remain relevant, since they have nothing to offer their constituents.
Prayers for what?
Jubilee politicians normally herd poor Kalenjin and Kikuyu folks like cattle at the prayer rallies whose selfish agenda is for Ruto to be freed. These politicians should know that the ICC “is the first permanent, treaty based, international criminal court established to help end impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community. The ICC is an independent international organisation, and is not part of the United Nations system.”
Within Kenya, Ruto has been linked to numerous corruption scandals, yet the prevailing impunity in Government protects him from prosecution. Ironically, this prince of impunity troops to church every Sunday to worship God, which renders prayers a mere joke. Dictator Daniel arap Moi also worshipped in Church every Sunday, yet Kenyans suffered immensely under his corrupt leadership, and the country declined socio-economically.
Fatou Bensouda has now been allowed by the ICC trial judges to use recanted statements from five witnesses as evidence against William Ruto and former journalist Joshua arap Sang. On the matter of Raila Odinga having ‘fixed’ Ruto at the ICC, the July 20, 2014 Daily Nation article titled “ICC: How Mutea Iringo Plotted to Fix Ruto” noted that: “Deputy President William Ruto’s defence Friday claimed Interior PS Mutea Iringo and the President’s advisor on political affairs Nancy Gitau recruited ICC witnesses to fix the DP. The two were alleged to have funded the witness protection programme, and coordinated recruitment of witnesses to provide evidence to the Waki Commission to implicate Mr Ruto and the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party.” William Ruto was fixed at the ICC mainly by former President Kibaki’s Mount Kenya allies, among whom are current senior government employees in Uhuru Kenyatta’s government, yet Moses Kuria and his Jubilee sycophants have refused to accept it.
By demonizing Raila Odinga, Jubilee is hoodwinking Kenyans that there is a Kikuyu-Kalenjin political unity, yet sadly, many surviving Kikuyu PEV victims in Rift Valley are neglected, live in pain and poverty, and are not being prayed for publicly.
The Prayer meetings are bogus and intended to massage Ruto psychologically after reality sunk in to the effect that with Bensouda having been permitted to use recanted evidence by witnesses who had been intimidated or corrupted by Jubilee, Ruto may be facing prison at the ICC. Jubilee is ignoring all proven facts and circumstances that landed Ruto at the ICC because they are bidding farewell to Ruto through the fake prayers, having understood that he may be locked in at the ICC. They keep blaming Raila Odinga for Ruto’s ICC problems because without embedding Raila’s name in the narrative, the propaganda value of the dumb political exercises across the country are reduced to zero.