I can understand why the Deputy President would require a ceasefire on the fixing claims. To hold the government together, Ruto needs to be the nice guy, willing to forgive and move the country forward.
It is however very important, that those who can be objectively associated with any fixing, if there was, be identified, purged from the government, and where the fixing was based on utter lies, be prosecuted.
Before addressing why the fixers need a purge, it is important that we understand why Ruto is urging a ceasefire on this.
The stakes here are too high. The ICC narrative was in the first instance used to hoodwink the duo constituents and it created a powerful anti-Odinga and anti-Western imperialism narrative in the 2013 elections. So, as the truth starts coming out, Uhuruto naturally feel they are becoming exposed.
One thing that the duo fully understands is that their constituents would relish a moment, when Odinga’s name comes up in the ICC. When an allegation is proven to the extent that a lead counsel can say, certain Raila agents coached witnesses. I am certain, their lieutenants would jump at the opportunity and shout, “I told you.” A realization, that it is they themselves who planned against each is a serious anticlimax that will dent the anti-Odinga rhetoric which is major glue that holds jubilee.
I am also certain; Kenya has managed to galvanize the whole of Africa to be against the ICC. Indeed, the court is fighting perceptions that it is being used to install leadership in Africa.
That it is a neocolonial tool perpetuating lordship over Africa. The entire continent seems to have bought this story. And it was reinforced by the “UK Dossier” and related narratives. It will be a serious anticlimax to the continent, where it becomes known that actually, it is the Africans themselves who were using the ICC to influence political outcomes.
I fully understand why to the Deputy President, the ceasefire is absolutely necessary.
One thing has never been lost to me; the ICC cases are at the ICC because certain individuals within the Kenyan circle wanted it so. The other thing also that I was very certain about, is that those individuals must have been within the government.
Writing in April 2012, I noted in reference to the omissions of the Kibaki led government that saw the ICC take up the ICC cases, “I can only make two conclusions, either they know that he is indisputably guilty and any attempt to obtain a deferral or referral will be futile, or that there was someone within the centre of power, who was deliberately instituting those abortions with a view of getting hon. Uhuru out of the way.
Rereading that article, I now even further believe in that assumption.
Either way, I am waiting to see whether those very names being touted as having manufactured anti-Ruto evidence, will not come up when the trial of the President starts.
I still hold the series of omissions that saw the ICC case firmed up can only be deliberate or foolishly negligent. And with what is coming to the fore, I believe the former.
If one is mentioned as having been part of the plot, they need to be purged. Not because they fixed Ruto, but they are entirely to blame for the ICC mess. Just like I speculated then, someone within the inner circles of Kibaki wanted Uhuru out of the way.
In my opinion, the President, Uhuru, needs to purge those implicated, not for his deputy, but because he cannot fully trust that they are not the ones who are directly the reason why he is, himself at the ICC.
The second reason is the overarching fact that this country needs the truth on the post election violence. For posterity, we need to know whether Kenyans can be spontaneous as to cause the mayhem we saw in 2007 and that it is true that these cases were manufactured to fix a few people.
There has been extensive pain caused by the ICC issue. Let me for an instance be in Ruto’s shoes for an instance, the fear of not knowing whether a lie will hold to the end, the stigma of being associated with forcible transfers and rape and murder. As a human being, one gets drained and no one should make another person to go through that. And imagining, that however did that can still be called a civil servant, paid by tax payers money is an abuse to the Kenyan intelligence.
The future, as Ruto would like to say, must be built on a foundation of truth and openness, not a reckless letting-go attitude.
If these civil servants intentionally could not divorce themselves from politics as the law requires, we do not need them.
There is nothing wrong about forgiving and about caring for the future, but we can only do that sincerely if we open the past to the criticism it deserves. This will not only give us lessons on how to have a better future, but also eliminate suspicion.