By Hon Koigi Wa Wamwere
War-like political rallies that leaders are convening all over the country, disguised as religious meetings to pray for the freedom of Deputy President William Ruto that seem instigated and orchestrated from the top, poison political atmosphere in the country and remind one of the political rallies just before elections that triggered post election violence in 2007-08.
Unashamedly, these meetings seem not driven by national or public good but interests of William Ruto; unmindful of their harm to the nation by their poisonous ethnic propaganda.
Ostensibly, the purpose of these meetings is first, to stop the conviction of William Ruto and Joshua arap Sang as innocent persons who are being subjected to a legal process that is driven by political malice and false evidence concocted by Raila, Cord and lies of mercenary witnesses.
The second purpose of these meetings is that if cases against Ruto and Sang are not terminated forthwith, Kenya should pull out of biased ICC, whose only purpose is to concoct false charges against African leaders with their conviction as a political tool of destroying Africa.
In these meetings, however, there are many things that are never said.
First, it is never said that ICC soldiers did not waylay William Ruto and forcibly dragged him to The Hague for trial. The bitter truth is far from being fixed with concocted evidence for a forced trial in The Hague, Ruto is at ICC on his own volition after voting against trial by a local tribunal whose formation he and Uhuru would never allow.
Second, Ruto and his supporters refuse to accept that despite all claims of false evidence, Ruto is governing Kenya with the same people who gave the so-called false evidence against him when they were in government and Ruto was in the opposition ODM with Raila.
Third, as blame is heaped on ICC for Kenyan trials and Western conspiracies to re-colonise Africa, it is never mentioned that Kenya voluntarily joined ICC in a collective effort by African leaders, to save Africa from ruthless dictatorships that plagued Africa for decades.
Fourth, it is also a strategy of prayer meetings to intimate silently that in the event that William Ruto is found guilty and jailed, Raila should take blame for giving unsubstantiated evidence against Ruto whose Kalenjin community should never think of allying themselves with Cord opposition come elections. If Ruto is jailed, Kalenjin community should preserve them for the Jubilee coalition.
Unfortunately for the prayer meetings, there is freedom of speech and Raila can now counter what Jubilee coalition says against him without fear of detention.
Today, Raila can freely say when evidence was being given against Ruto they were in the opposition together and could not have bitten each other. Raila can also logically exculpate Ruto by incriminating PNU and Uhuru.
Since the nature of the post-election violence was that leaders and supporters of ODM were attacking leaders and supporters of PNU and vice versa, most likely persons who gave evidence against PNU were in ODM, and those who gave evidence against Ruto and ODM were in PNU.
William Ruto is on the horns of a dilemma. While the ODM opposition cannot save him without incriminating his partners in government, those in government cannot save him without incriminating themselves and destroying the government that is their joint venture with Ruto.
Ruto, therefore, does not wish to commit political suicide by forcing Uhuru and PNU supporters to give evidence against him and nor does he want Raila and ODM supporters to destroy his government by giving evidence against his Jubilee allies in the ruling coalition.
What Ruto wants is to discredit ICC, his trial and witnesses to an extent where there will be a political termination of his trial without giving Raila the opportunity to destroy the Jubilee government, or forcing PNU and Uhuru to give evidence that will antagonise URP and self-incriminate.
Even Railaâ€™s URP thought the defence of Ruto can only work by discrediting the ICC process, which Moses Kuria is asking him to do.
If, however, there is no political solution to the case and Ruto is jailed, most likely Kalenjins will blame Uhuru for Rutoâ€™s ill fate while a rupture in the ruling coalition might persuade Kalenjin communities to support Raila and Cord, which is Uhuruâ€™s worst nightmare.
In the meantime, the blame game of who gave evidence against who in ICC cases will only result in ethnic condemnations that may shift political alliances, make elections a war between communities, and lead to violence between communities.
The tragedy of Kenyan trails at the ICC is that Kenyan leaders have introduced politics as a tool of subverting justice and a weapon of impunity that will excuse African leaders from accountability.
Though ICC was established to end impunity of leaders, unpunished killing of witnesses, confessed coaching, bribing and corruption of witnesses to score political scores is turning Kenyan ICC cases into vehicles of entrenching worst impunity.
Kenyan trials have also introduced a campaign of hate against ICC â€“ that for those of us who suffered from African dictatorship, it was absolutely necessary to tame tyranny in Africa and the world where it should be strengthened not emasculated.
Politics and ethnic issues must never be used as an excuse for war crimes and crimes against humanity by leaders. Independence is sought for judiciary because politics of leadership have rarely been allies of justice for the common people.