It is emerging that top statehouse operatives will ‘NOT ALLOW’ Prime Minister Raila Odinga to testify for William Ruto at the ICC.
The operatives some whom Ruto’s legal defense team named as behind the grand conspiracy to have Ruto jailed have vowed to make sure the LIE that Raila fixed Ruto must continue trending in Rift Valley and Mt Kenya region till 2022.
Already TNA allied bloggers are up opposing Raila offer to testify for Ruto while the URP bloggers have maintained that what is important is to have Ruto and Sang free for now irrespective of whatever arrangement Ruto has with Uhuru.
It is not the first time democracy icon Raila Odinga will take a stand as a witness for a ‘comrade’. In a 2003 case which dragged in court till 2012, Raila Odinga testified in 2011 as a defence witness for former political detainee Otieno Mak’Onyango.
The ruling on the case saw Mak’Onyango awarded damages to a tune of Ksh 20 million for the torture and detention he underwent in the hands of the Moi state.
Fast forward to 2015.
After days of being prodded to publicly take a stand on the Ruto case at the ICC, Â the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga surprised all by agreeing to take the stand for DP Ruto, a manoeuvre which has sent the ‘PNU side’ of the violence back to the drawing board.
As expected, many people believed Raila would not accept to appear at the Hague owing to years of being falsely connected to the propaganda of fixing both Uhuru and Ruto at the ICC.
After meeting Luo Elders, Raila waded into the raging debate of whether he should testify for the Deputy President and said if approached he will.
But Raila’s appearance at the ICC will a be double-edged sword. For long, ODM party has been caricatured in that court as this violent political outfit which planned the 2007/08 post election violence. In fact, Ruto connection with the violence has been via ODM where he served as Deputy Party Leader.
This wrong impression of ODM at ICC has never been robustly challenged in that Court partly because of the politics of now – Ruto himself bolted out of the Orange Party to form another party and has been minimalist in heaping positivities on ODM.
ODM didn’t plan, nor execute the 2007/08 violence. ODM’s call for Mass action was understood by those to whom the call was directed who poured down on the streets to demonstrate against rigged election and a stolen victory.
However, the level of police brutality on innocent demonstrators spiralled what was otherwise peaceful into a death orgy. In places like Naivasha, Nakuru and Kibera, police allegedly received reinforcements from Mungiki militia who were given guns, pangas and even grenades to use on opposition supporters.
Yet, ever since the cases begun, ODM party and supporters have been adversely mentioned during the court proceedings without a rebuttal, something Raila’s testimony may fiercely debunk, and which, the Ruto case is strongly rooted upon.
But will Ruto be allowed to call Raila as a witness? From social media, regime bloggers, some who work in State house, are deeply opposed to the ‘idea’. Let’s see how it goes!