Kenyans should begin to get wary of President Uhuru’s continuing outbursts over the possible events at the Hague. Already, talk of power vacuum has gained traction with the usual target being former prime minister Raila Odinga.
By consistently incriminating Odinga into his ICC woes, Uhuru has not woken up to the reality that the ICC, as Mp Olago Aluoch put it the other day is not “the kisumu court which upheld my election”.
But for some strange political reasons, President Uhuru Kenyatta, with increasing desperation that there are still kenyans at the ICC waiting to present evidence against him and his Deputy William Ruto, is increasingly becoming violent in his public pronouncements.
“the kisumu court which upheld my election”
No one wants to take over power. The constitution is clear on who becomes in charge should the president and Deputy be away at the same time. Rather than consistently using Raila’s name to gain sympathies, Uhuru should begin preparing his supporters that he may be found guilty.
The ICC is not the Supreme court of Kenya. The ICC is not predictable and its rulings may not be tweeted in K24 a month before judgement day. While CORD and Raila Odinga made it clear to Kenyans in the last combined Parliamentary group between WIPER and ODM and Ford Kenya at Orange House last week that the coalition believes in due course the three accused kenyans will be absolved of their charges, the party never discussed any “vacuum” in power because a coalition full of some of the best brains in the Republic knows so well that a “vacuum” cannot exist in our present situation.
Uhuru is preparing his supporters for violence should he, or his Deputy William Ruto, be charged at the Hague. It should be clear to Kenyans that the victims and witnesses at the Hague are Kenyans too. The continued talk of “mzungus” are a new record low for a president who went into office knowing he got murder and rape charges to deal with in a world court of justice.
Uhuru was forewarned about becoming president with a baggage of charges at the ICC. The pairing of the two was termed as “dangerous” for the country but then it did not bother them.
Why should the ICC be bothered about Jamhuri Day? It is like a thief telling a judge to adjourn the day of his sentencing because it falls on his birthday. Uhuru is a suspect and should not enjoy certain privileges free people enjoy. As a suspect, Uhuru better understands Raila Odinga is a free person.
A country whose President and Deputy president are wanted criminals in a world court of justice better begin to ponder on the possibility of another election. The two may be found GUILTY just as we hope they be found innocent. To consistently chest thump and worship God in “prayer rallies” where your audience are former victims of the violence you are accused of fanning is to prepare a country for another round of violence.
There can be no reconciliation without a sense of justice being done. Furthermore, to reconcile only two tribes in an orgy where other tribes suffered equally baffles so many kenyans.
Uhuru must be tried at the Hague. When he is away, he only need to organize his jubilee government to take charge. The country has a chief justice who is his friend. The country’s chief of Defence forces was rumoured to have been part of the ‘establishment’ that put him in power; he too can be in charge. If anything, he is a “mundu wa nyumba” just like the Uhuru.
CORD understands its role as an opposition coalition. That is the role it will play, whether Uhuru is here or holed up at the Hague.