By Patrick Lumumba Opondi / Migori County-Migori / 12/15/2010
In a bid to scuttle the impending Hague trial of PEV suspects, the Kenyan Cabinet is attempting to rush to form a local trial tribunal, arguing that it was the absence the same mechanism which influenced The Hague option.
Let the truth be told in bold letters, this is a gimmick introduced by the very people who runs our government in a bid to save their own skin. It is well known that those adversely mentioned in various reports, credibility withstanding, are a cable of very influential individuals, either in Cabinet, parliament or holding high offices within government. The Hague trial, if successfully would expose the soft underbelly of our government, including spilling the beans on the extent on what transpired in 2007, and those who were involved. Surprisingly, accusing fingers are pointed to the very cabinet now deliberating to create a local tribunal. Why now?
The Hague trial is not about your petty criminals, but about the government, for those mentioned are assumed leaders carrying our flags. They are not prepared to lose face, neither are they prepared for any form of justice. What we are witnessing now is a deliberate move, to derail the wheels of justice, to scuttle any form of transparent trial and protect the mighty souls running Kenya. They are feeling the heat, they know who is in the envelope and it has hit them hard. The Hague would be a nail in their coffin, an end to their political careers. It would be long before they return to Kenya from the chilling and biting cold of Europe, with no visitors. They are not prepared to kill their promising political careers when they have a better option to scuttle their sojourn in the Netherlands.
In the last few weeks, there are indications of great political horse trading, undoubtedly by political mercenaries to gain a foothold in 2012. Political fallouts are in the offing and various camps are pulling strings, to sweep the rag under the feet of their opponents, including building unholy alliances. The Hague has become a very strong political tool peddled by those facing trial to and those bidding for high political offices to trade compromises, an issue now being introduced a t the Cabinet level.
A local tribunal would not be constituted overnight and its composition once instituted will be subject of lengthy debate, similar to the Kiplagat’s TJRC that never was. Various political moves and threats would be used against members of such a tribunal, rendering useless and inoperative. We are being fooled by the cabinet and Kenyans must stand form to oppose a government orchestrated injustice against its own people, by denying victims a chance to know what transpired.
The process leading to The Hague has cost the nation and poor tax payer’s money. A lot of time has been wasted in the process but the public are confident that ultimately, this would have been the best option for Kenya to save face around the world. We already know the weaknesses of our internal trial system. The same cannot be said about The Hague, now sending chilling fears up to our cabinet level. The trial at this level is assumed to be guided by law, balanced to the letter and highly credible. An initial move by some suspect to manipulate their system to crumble the trial has hit a notable dead end.
The government must therefore not introduced justice through the backdoor, to benefit the high and mighty, while neglecting the feelings of poor victims who are yet to recover from the 2007 mayhem. Let us not play politics at the expense of lives.
Public Eye Group
Whichever members of parliament who are due to file a motion in court for Kenya to withdraw from ICC should be strongly discouraged that they don’t carry the mandate of the people. Kenyans suffered, lost lives, lost properties and were denied their constitutional rights at the expense of greedy politics.
If Kenya is to withdraw then it has to withdraw after the hearing and decision of the current suspects. The law of the land must be respected if not the International Community will enforce it for you.
Lately Kenyans are seeing Ruto playing defense, centre, striker and goal keeper while other suspects are quiet. That picture portrays a good image.
Kenya is not for Ruto nor does he carry the mandate of the people by will. ICC started their investigation and is almost arresting then Ruto wants Kenya to be withdrawn from ICC. Justice: Justice: Justice forever.