How politics shaped perception of the Kenya cases at The Hague
President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) and Deputy President William Ruto during the presentation of funds to resettle internally displace people, 242 families who have been talking refuge at NAKA camp in Yamumbi in Eldoret. Ruto trial begins this week with possible impact on relationship with Uhuru. The cases that Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto face are so grave that they would have caused them to be ostracised, making it impossible to hold public office.
Mr Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the former prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, had designed two cases which rivalled each other. The Prosecution accuses Mr Ruto of sponsoring the 2007/8 violence in the Rift Valley, which led to the uprooting of several families who have been living in the camps which the two went to close yesterday.
On the other hand, President Kenyatta is alleged to have financed retaliatory attacks against communities perceived to have supported ODM, then Mr Ruto’s party. According to the Ocampo narrative, Mr Ruto’s group were the aggressors while Mr Kenyatta’s acted in revenge.
Because of the 2008 post-election events in Rift Valley, Mr Ruto was an unpopular man in Kenyattta’s central Kenya backyard. But events of the 2007/8 violence made such an arrangement possible owing to hostility between the two leaders’ communities.
For instance when a rumour circulated in during the formation of the Grand Coalition Cabinet in 2008 that Mr Ruto would be appointed Internal Security Minister, many in Mt Kenya region were unsettled.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Daily NationSimilar Stories