A readers' comment illustrates the whole reasons behind the ICC saga better than I have seen anywhere else. Interestingly I read Jack London's The Call of the Wild (the only book he wrote that sold after years of struggle) some time back but never associated it with the evil forces in Kenya. Here is what the Kumekucha reader said;
Ever read an author by the name of Jack London? If not, you should try him some day. His insights into the bestiality of man was something to behold, something which our politicians unknowingly follow to the letter:
“He had learned well the law of club and fang, and he never forewent an advantage or drew back from a foe he had started on the way to Death. He had lessoned from Spitz, and from the chief fighting dogs of the police and mail, and knew there was no middle course. He must master or be mastered; while to show mercy was a weakness. mercy did not exist in the primordial life. It was misunderstood for fear, and such misunderstandings made for death. Kill or be killed, eat or be eaten, was the law; and this mandate, down out of the depths of Time, he obeyed.”
― Jack London, The Call of the Wild
Meanwhile high wire drama is unfolding at the ICC.
It seems that the name of the alleged first witness in the Ruto/Sang case was the wrong one. The person bearing the name and whose photograph went viral on social media is still in Kenya and lives in burnt forest in the Rift Valley. But what is of great interest is the impact the whole episode had on the said witness at the Hague. She was very shaken and in great panic despite her determination to complete her witness duty.
It emerges that the episode was designed to send a message to the witness at the Hague who is incidentally also a PEV victim and barely survived the terribly horrifying ordeal of the Kiambaa church incident where women and children were burnt alive. The idea was to scare her out of her wits. And it succeeded big time.
Because of the strict and justified rules to protect witnesses I cannot say more about why the action scared her so much and yet it was not her flashed all over Facebook.
The bench at the ICC has acted swiftly and the rest of her testimony will be held in camera. This is in addition to the scores of other witnesses who had earlier requested to be heard in camera. It seems that we will not hear the live testimony of too many witnesses. There is even a high possibility that the judges could decide that the entire trial will be held in camera. And this would make sense because it would mean that the people (clearly identified in the previous issues of raw notes who did all the mischief on social media will not be able to repeat the same tactics in future.
What amazes me is how these "dark forces" in Kenya can so underestimate the intelligence of the legal fraternity at the Hague so as to think that they can do all kinds of things (including intimidating the families of witnesses) and get away with it without anybody guessing where all the trouble is coming from. Am reliably informed that there is a very high possibility that the prosecutors are about to come up with enough evidence to point fingers in the right direction which is already rather obvious.
One keen ICC observer based in Kenya is suggesting that the whole idea may have been to force the cases to go into camera and Ruto and Sang's lawyers are only playing to the gallery in opposing any such moves. The reasoning of the ICC analyst is that a lot of the testimony will have a huge impact on the Kenyan public and probably cause them to change their views and withdraw any sympathy they currently have for the Hague 3. My view is that this will still happen, even if all the trials are all held behind closed doors..
Am reliably informed that despite the brave face being put by Ruto, he is a very worried man. While it is true that even if he is found guilty, he will have another minimum of 2 years to wait for his appeal to be heard and determined, chances are that he may not be able to retain his deputy presidency in the interim.
Some comments by those who have my latest book on PEV titled Let the blood flow;
After reading this book I have come to the conclusion that nothing can stop this terrible thing happening in Kenya again. God help our country.
Those photographs in your book were from some horror movie that has not yet been made and if made will never be passed by the censor board to be viewed by Kenyans. .
Great book Kumekucha.
Kenyans must read this and wake up to the fact that this ICC thing is not political and should not be politicized and those of us who want to remain with a country need to change our attitude towards the cases faster faster.
"I never had an inkling that XXXX was one of the main people involved. His name doesn't even appear in the Waki list. Is it true as you say that he is a master of covering his own tracks?
Stayed up the whole night reading your book. Fascinating stuff.
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