By Anwar Sadat
I have followed with mixed feelings the re-introduction of ICC politics into the 2017 election campaigns.
Personally, this is a very emotive issue because I personally know of friends whose skulls was shattered by bullets from assassin guns, clothed in Kenyan military and police uniforms, instructed at the orders of Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta and other actors, to eliminate opposition supporters after the 2007 elections.
This is a wound I would have loved to be left alone to heal, but because Mr. Kenyatta has no tangible achievements or records of the performance of his government over the last five years, he has decided to revive the ICC issue.
As ugly as it may be, I think it is prudent to attack this head on.
It is also curious Uhuru’s why Uhuru would reintroduce the ICC debate on the same day the Usian Gishu Jubilee candidate for Governor, and a personal and confidant of the Deputy President, William Ruto has threatened to chop off the heads of Kikuyus living in Rift Valley.
Probably Mr. Kenyatta is not aware that there were Kikuyu women, young children, and old men who were locked in a church in Kiambaa and set on fire. An attack Moses Kuria, Martha Karua , and other host of Kikuyu politicians accuse Ruto to have ordered.
Mr. Kenyatta has never posed to ask himself why the Kikuyus call Ruto “Warlord”. Mr. President, why did you vehemently oppose the inclusion of William Ruto into the Coalition government in April 2008? Threatening to derail the peace negotiations? Was it not you who said, and I quote, “You cannot sit in the same cabinet with the same person that killed kikuyu women and children”
Mr. President, I understand your desperation given that you are facing an imminent defeat in august. And so is trying to whip the emotions of your base, forgetting that the ugliest wars was between Kalenjines and Kikuyus.
You are now telling your supporters that when Raila becomes president, your cases will be revived and you will be locked up.
It is important to also tell your supporters how the case was dropped in the first place.
Your case was dropped because prosecution witnesses were all killed.
George Thuo was killed, Mutula Kilonzo was killed, over 3000 young Kikuyus were brutally dragged from their homes and families and butchered to clean any evidence they had in their involvement with PEV, Michuki was killed, Yebei was killed, Kajwang was killed, all your Kenyan lawyers that handled the ICC cases one way or another have been killed, your PA, the young lawyer from Columbia university was killed and fed to crocodiles in a Gatundu farm, The founder of Oscar foundation and Mr. Okulu were killed. The only person with knowledge about ICC still alive is Dennis Itumbi and he works for you.
So do you mean that when Raila becomes president, he will resurrect all these people?
There are families in Luo Nyanza who suffered the effects of PEV, whom your government never even bothered to offer compensation to. You just paid the victims from Kisii Kshs 50,000 last week after 10 years.
Sir, to you the ICC maybe a small issue because you think it will get you elected, but to some of us, it’s a wound we would rather not touch, except put into place and address the causes of violence.
As you proceed with this debate, you will be more exposed and damaged than you think.
Maybe it’s time we begin having these difficult discussions of how witnesses were killed. Don’t you think so Mr. President? If you continue in this line we will make those details public.