Sources close to Deputy President William Ruto have intimated to this writer that the Deputy President believes he will get justice from the ICC; the surest way to clear his name and live with his conscience intact.
“I can assure you Mheshimiwa will get back to the Hague. He is going the whole journey and in due time, this whole thing will be behind him,” said one of his excellency’s handlers.
The position taken by Ruto and his fellow tribesman Arap Sang, deeply contrasts the bellicose outburst of his boss, President Uhuru Kenyatta whose cooperation with the court is diminishing as his trial date approaches.
On the ICC, the two are ‘silent antagonists’ for the success of Ruto’s case rests on the failure of Uhuru’s case, and verse versa. So perturbed are handlers of Uhuru that the Deputy president’s continued cooperation is said to be causing jitters in the OP.
While most of Uhuru’s self appointed Spokesmen have continued to hint at The possibility of non cooperation, with a media wing headed by Jeff Koinange interviewing all and sundry on the ICC, the Deputy President is said to have warned his ‘people’ in government, and most Mps from the Rift Valley, from commenting directly on the merits of the case, or the the ICC.
Handlers of Ruto have intensified secret meetings with former colleagues in ODM at the time of the violence, with the view of firming up the defense witnesses.
With revelations of former state sponsored witnesses, many who were to reveal the operational structure of ODM, as well as the role of Ruto, becoming ‘friendly’ to the Deputy President and hostile to the prosecution just like witness number 326, Ruto is said to be convinced his case being settled at the ICC offers him the best opportunity to clear his name and reinvigorate his political future.
“He is regrouping. I can assure you this case has emboldened his place for 2017 and beyond,” added the source.
A disturbing scenario for Uhuru’s handlers, which may spell the death knell for the Kikuyu-Kalenjin union in the so called tyranny of numbers ‘theorem’, is when Ruto is given a clean bill of health at the ICC while Uhuru, for failing to honour summons, is slapped with a warrant of arrest!
Ruto’s handlers are even praying harder that Uhuru disowns the ICC at which point an arrest warrant will issued, sanctions will clock in making Uhuru an enemy of the poor and boom 2017 the saviour, the man, the courageous, the bright, the smart, the great Ruto will have cleared his name then the presidency will be won not at the ballot BUT at the ICC!
With the possibility of Ruto pulling his Kalenjin bloc to a western or Coastal alliance, Uhuru is left facing a particularly dangerous future; because Kenyans may just choose an easy exit from sanctions in 2017. It is politics. Stupid!
It is not lost to keen observers that Ruto, even as early as during inauguration at Kasarani in April, had alluded to Kenya’s penchant for forming ‘unexpected tribal alliances’, which dwarfs outsiders. The alliance between Kalenjins and Kikuyus, known even to statehouse operatives, is not an immutable union with no divorce exit.
Ruto, a marathoner per excellence, has already outwitted Uhuru after his recent tribal appointments. It is said that when Kalenjin MPs raised the issue of appointments, Ruto was categorical that lessons learnt from Kibaki-Raila coalition had taught them not to ‘complain in public’ but wait for opportune time.
Bill leaves for the Hague, Uhuru?????