Is it fair to hold an entire nation at ransom for a personal offense you allegedly committed? Is it okay for millions of Kenyans to suffer whatever consequences will emerge from the ongoing tussle between the government of Kenya and the ICC and international community at large for the sake of no more than two people?
Or should we throw caution to the wind and sacrifice everything to rescue our head of state and his deputy?
Those are the hard questions that Kenyans need to start asking themselves pronto. The time for tribal euphoria or petty local political contests is long over. The aftermath of whatever honeymoon we were on is the harsh reality that cannot be wished away. It is a reality already facing us squarely in the face.
The latest explosive information that this blogger has received explains a lot of what has been happening over the last few weeks. The information is extremely sensitive and reveals evidence of a conclusive nature that the ICC prosecutors have on the Kenyan cases that can lead to only one verdict if the cases proceed to their logical conclusion.
Still, it is also important to spare a minute for the truth of what really happened in early January 2008 that landed President Uhuru Kenyatta at the Hague. A neutral Kenyan will not help but sympathize with the President who for all intents and purposes received the wrong phone call at the wrong time and ended up being at a very wrong place at a very wrong time. But that's how the law operates in our world and when you are aware of the facts and throw away your political leaning chances are that you will want to sympathize deeply with the president and support his move not to attend his trial at the ICC.
But then you do not need to follow my view blindly. Simply read the facts for yourself and then make your own judgement (more details on how you can do that at the bottom of this article).
The case of William Ruto and former journalist Sang is a completely different ball game. VERY different. It is widely known that Kalenjin youths took blood oaths gladly, fuming with a rage that had been building up within the community for decades. They were then financed and facilitated to go out and exterminate (couldn't find a better word here) or to use the language coined at the time; to remove madoadoa (loosely translated it means to remove the ugly spots).
What happened next is the kind of stuff you cannot even make up in the scariest Hollywood horror movie you can possibly imagine. One woman watched her husband being killed and cut to pieces (mercifully the children were away visiting a relative). She was then raped by several youths until one of them started complaining that the she was "too narrow" and the opening needed to be enlarged. This "sick" enlargement" was done using an already bloody and filthy panga. The rape then continued with the blood flowing. By some miracle of the most high God, that woman survived the ordeal to talk to the Waki commission. I often wonder what kind of "coaching" such a woman would have required from prosecutors to tell her story and what happened to her. Incidentally the same woman must have heard the youth talking amongst themselves and chances are high that they mentioned names that would lead to their source of funding for the ghastly acts they committed.
I will stop there and resist the temptation to reveal exactly what happened at the Kiambaa church in Eldoret where as the women and children screamed in sheer agony and as the terrible terrible stench of burning human flesh rent the air, the warriors danced to the screams and cries of the women and children. Yep oaths do that kind of thing to you. After all oaths were also widely used by the Mau Mau in the 1950s and helped them commit terrible atrocities in their efforts to draw attention to the plight of the land that had been forcefully taken away from them by white settlers in Kenya.
I apologize for bringing a bad taste to your mouth this morning but the Kumekucha blog fully covered the horrors of the 2007/2008 post election troubles and I still have lots of material we were not able to publish even in Kumekucha (because of its' horrible, horrible, sickening nature. It has all refused to leave my mind). In the last few months and weeks I have made a big effort to ignore the horrors and discuss the ICC cases with a straight face and without emotion. But as I write this nobody wants to talk about the victims. Indeed even relatives of those victims have put politics ahead of getting justice for their departed and loved ones. That has provoked me to let out some of what I have been trying so hard to forget, today.
One thing I want to assure you, based on the latest information I have. At the end of the Ruto/Sang trial (if it goes all the way). No sane member of the human race will fail to feel sick right to the pit of their stomach over what happened (mostly to very innocent people). Is it right then to mock God by calling on his name in prayer to make the plight of the victims go away and ensure that they never get justice? How is it possible to even start to say such a prayer while ignoring the voices of the dead and buried (most of whom died terrible deaths not befitting even an animal) crying out to God for justice from the ground?
To receive the highly sensitive information referred to in this article kindly email umissedthis at gmail dot com for an instant response.
See also; An Open Memo to Kenya Cabinet Secretary – Foreign Affairs