DEPUTY President William Ruto’s political allies now claim there are high-level attempts to revive the International Criminal Case that had been dropped over lack of evidence.
About 20 Members of Parliament drawn from the ruling Jubilee party have dismissed these attempts claiming it is the work of Ruto’s political detractors.
They insist that the plot to reopen the case against the country’s second in command at the Hague-based court has been in the offing given the ICC prosecution had indicated that it would consider revisiting the cases facing some Kenyans in relation to the 2007/2008 post-election mayhem.
The leaders, however, maintained that underhand tactics would not stop Mr. Ruto from becoming Kenya’s next President. They said the ongoing ICC report claims was informed by selfish leaders who would not want to see Kenya move forward in terms of development.
“These so-said ICC reports are not coming from heaven but from within; those Ruto allies allege plot to revive IC C case to end DP’s presidential ambitions propagating it are the enemies of the people. But no evil scheme will stop an idea whose time has come,” said Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa.
The lawmaker is adamant that nothing would sever the tie between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Mr. Ruto, whose leadership had seen a change in the face of Kenya.
“You were taken to The Netherlands with the President, you emerged victoriously. Y ou will still emerge a winner in this episodic witch-hunt, and eventually be our President,” said Tetu MP James Gichuhi.
The leaders who spoke at a church service at the Presbyterian Church of East Africa charged that ICC is a closed chapter and schemes to reopen the cases will stir anger amongst Kenyans who have a bad memory of events preceding it.
“No one would accept any cat-and-mouse games that would divert the attention of the country and that of the President and his Deputy. The two will continue furthering their development plans for Kenya.”
Said Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga. His sentiments resonated well with those of his Migori Counterpart Zackary Okoth Obado. “The Kenyatta-Ruto union is what Kenya yearned for.
They have changed our way of politics to a developmentoriented one. That is the kind of leadership that would make future generations benefit,” noted Mr. Obado.
The leaders maintained that irrespective of misinformation that was being peddled around, Kenyans had already made up their minds on who would be succeeding President Kenyatta in 2022.
The crimes against humanity case against Ruto who was being tried alongside former radio presenter Joshua Sang collapsed in 2016 after prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said she did not have enough witnesses to successfully prosecute the case.
The collapse of the Ruto case followed that of President Uhuru Kenyatta who case was terminated under similar circumstances.
Cases facing former police commissioner Hussein Ali, former Cabinet minister Henry Kosgey and former head of Public Service Francis Muthaura also met the same fate.
ICC judges had vehemently opposed applications to acquit the Kenyan suspects, an indication that indeed the cases might be reopened in future.