Mr Samson Cheramboss. He was Eldoret North MP William Rutoâ€™s witness at the ICC -Pre-Trial.
By: Rashid Wanjala
Cheramboss, Cheruiyot , Kosgey et al have been mentioned by Ruto at the ICC as a way of bargaining with the courts so his cases can be dropped. This is part of Rutoâ€™s plea bargain strategy. Rutoâ€™s boardroom deals of betrayal are back again. This time not in Jubilee, but at the ICC. This time it doesnâ€™t threaten political careers, but rather puts innocent middle class Kalenjins in the harmâ€™s way. Under Â the radar of ICC.
This is not new, Linus Cheruiyot of Kenya Pipeline that Ruto tricked into signing documents but then disowned went into exile into US then Canada because Ruto wanted him to carry the cross, because he claimed to not have anything to do with it. Cheruiyot never got even a cut. I have met him in Chicago once and so he narrated to me the betrayal story first hand. Ruto has made his money through betraying other Kalenjins. Like a lion that eats its own cubs, this time Ruto wants to get his freedom through implicating his own supporters, people who follow him blindly, people who commit their finances into his own political and legal predicaments.
Just like Ruto betrayed G7 and Jubilee hopefuls Eugene, Musalia , Kalonzo to pocket the VP slot, he is once again disingenuously and with mischief trying to bargain his way out of ICC by implicating a few names of prominent Kalenjin personalities; military and political leaders in order to get himself out of the jaws of the ICC.
He is a selfish leader who only thinks of himself. Let Ruto be warned that he canâ€™t use the Kalenjin as his sacrificial lamps. As lawyers conversant with how the plea bargain system operates at the ICC, itâ€™s easy to see through Rutoâ€™s latest legal maneuvers.
Ruto seems determined to either not rot in jail or simply cleanse himself of the accusations by having a few innocent Kalenjin elites to bear his cross. Like he has always rode on the backs of the small fish to achieve his mischievous ends, he is once again employing his Machiavellian dirty and desperate tricks behind the scenes, by going to any length to exonerate himself out of any legal responsibility whatsoever from the Crimes against Humanity Charges.
As I have always stated, I am one of those who have always held the belief that Ruto though culpable, was on the side of defending a stolen presidency and should therefore be prayed for so he emerges victorious.
However, what I find immoral is his newfound strategy of sucking in innocent Rift Valley residents into his well known crimes for his own selfish ends as a ritual to secure a win in the Hague trials. That rather than him go to jail, another innocent small fish like Cheramboss gets implicated through his machinations of betrayal. He is using the confidential privilege of entering a plea bargain, but to do that someone else has to be sacrificed. He has to mention a few names confidentially to go scot free.
IBOK, or Inside the Borders of Kenya, that strategy of shifting blame to innocent small fish Ruto has used successfully, but the ICC cross is too heavy for a small fish like Cheramboss and Augustine Cheruiyot, innocent veterans of our uniformed services to bear.
I therefore request Ruto to employ legal tact and logic to exonerate himself like Henry Kosgey and Rtd Gen. Â Ali rather than implicate fellow small fish of Kalenjin descent. He has rode on their backs for years, he should in return be willing to stand in the way of the bullet for his people like Alexander Muge and Koitalel Â Samoei did.