President Uhuru Kenyatta may have traded his innocence by cutting a deal with ICC to bring to book those who controlled Kibaki’s state power during the 2007 elections. Because Kibaki was a tribalist to the core, his top handlers in 2007 were purely Kikuyus.
Now, this group is being pursued for justice!
It may not be long before top Kikuyu PNU politicians be hauled at the Hague. ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has indicated she may widen her net to bring to book the kikuyu politicians and businessmen who masterminded the 2007 post-election violence.
Among these people, former Kibaki hardliner Martha Wangari Karua easily comes to mind. She has been adversely mentioned at the Hague as having ‘fixed’ Deputy President William Ruto. Karua who ranked high in the Kibaki echelons of power dramatically fell out of grace and attempted to rescue herself from slipping into political oblivion by vying for presidency but her candidature scared everyone who saw her on TV days after the 2007 elections had been rigged away.
For Karua it is a case of Jesus vs Barnabas, to the Mt folks they will for Barnabas anytime, who will save Martha? she cannot afford Karim Khan nor can she afford a social mobilizer like Itumbi.
“Go to court,” was Karua’s rallying in a judiciary that was stuffed by establishment judges. It was like currently telling Riek Machar to go seek justice in Juba!
During the negotiations for the Peace Accord, Martha Karua was among the PNU politicians whose hardline stances precipitated the violence out of proportion. It took a lot of concessions on the ODM side to let the peace process forward which eventually led to the formation of Grand Coalition government.
In effect, Bensouda may be reviewing names of the 20 politicians whom the Waki Commission submitted to then Prosecutor Louis Moreno Ocampo as criminally liable.
“The prosecution already has in its possession evidence to show that other senior PNU operatives and prominent Kikuyu politicians and businessmen may be criminally liable for the crimes committed. It would not be proper to go into details of that investigation at this stage,” she says.
Bensouda also threw a rider on the Sang-Ruto case, saying it is ‘proceeding strongly’.