By Shem Beverton
The video statement delivered by the dreaded Fatou Bensouda implicating a Kenyan for attempting to obstruct justice and commanding the government to handover the culprit with immediate effect was quiet a development;a major twist in the developing ICC melodrama with the ingredients of a silver-screen blockbuster.
The deeply damning claims from the prosecutors office proved sweet fodder for the mainstream media with scores of them dedicating humongous columns to the development effectively transforming an insignificant bloke into an instant sensation and a darling of local tabloid journalism.
Violating article 70 of the Rome Statute was all that was needed to engineer the dubious metamorphosis from oblivion to instant fame or infamy depending on your perspective.According to the prosecutor’s script,the individual in question had tried to bribe a witness who to his small mind would give devastating evidence against his legally-cornered master.
Hapless Walter Baraza,perhaps oblivious to the dangerous grounds he was treading,came out guns blazing within hours of the incriminating revelations.
He took the colossal institution of the ICC head-on,accusing it of blackmail and of trying to use him as a scapegoat for tinkered investigations on the case involving Kenya’s top two.
If his impressively bold outbursts emanated from misplaced confidence that his hustling master would publicly defend him-he got the disappointment of a lifetime;one that has the potential of infusing one with suicidal tendencies.
William Samoei Ruto,a political protege of the enigmatic and towering Raila Odinga, consummately avoided mentioning,not even in passing, the plight of his foot-soldier.
The legal significance of such a move on the part of Mr.Ruto is beyond the scope of this treatise and beyond the purely academic interests of it’s author.
My apologies to Walter Barasa’s sympathizers who subscribe to the tenets of Victorian prudery for the following analogy.
You see the naive journalist willingly acquiesced to be used like a gay whore who consciously and without any qualms surrenders his rear to a wealthy patron.
His legal kicks touched off by by the failure of his patron to defend him,were met with a shocker.Not even the big-mouthed Duale came out in his defense! Recently,a high court judge dismissed his case on the grounds that the court had no jurisdiction.
The painful ruling means that the status quo will hold paving the way for a compatriot henchman to make unprecedented history as the only Kenyan to be put in the dock of the ICC under the terms of a warrant of arrest.
I dont think I would be overstating the case by stating that such a dubious prospect is without a doubt a living nightmare for the dark bespectacled not so young man. His love for money according to reliable sources can only be described as a mania.
The legally embattled man,according to heresy,was a munificent patron of the Paradise Bar notorious for dangerously ugly prostitutes that hung around it day in day out.Â Comrades at Moi Uni attest to the cunning antics of the prostitutes who employ their mournful pretense during copulation to steal from their clients without their knowledge.
Narratives of whoring gone awry and journalistic hyperbole aside,the bitter truth is that the die was long cast.The gymnastics on the part of our idiotic compatriot,legally engineered to thwart what is fundamentally an inevitability is surely a wild goose chase .I use the term ‘idiot’ quite deliberately and without any tinge of contrition.
His insistence on exploiting legal channels locally to save his rear from the lash of ICC,is,if anything,a welcome bonanza for his lawyer Kibe Mungai;a Jubilee stalwart and apologist (Kibe) whose grasp of legal rudiments is wanting.
The late Chinua Achebe would characterise Barasa’s legal contest as a declaration of war on the gods of justice and only an incorrigibly idiotic human being would engage in such a risky venture.
These are certainly not nice things to say of a fellow compatriot but nothin is nice about justice espeacially if you on the wrong side of it.In sum so much rides on the resolution of the Barasa puzzle.
The future is agonizingly uncertain;we can never be sure of what lies ahead with regard to matters at hand. All we can be sureof is that the ravenous Fourth Estate will continue to considerably whet public interest on this scintillating story.
Relays of reporters will most certainly maintain a twenty-four hour vigil and print daily bulletins spiced with assorted rumors and conjectures.
Even allowing for this journalistic incitement,the extent of general interest in the impending legal crucifixion of a henchman seems hardly credible today.