By Korir, Chief editor
The proceedings ended in the Hague on the 8th of September and people prepare to go back home to Kenya. Hon. William Ruto was accompanied by his wife Rachel who remained in the Hague throughout the confirmation of charges hearing. In such a situation, suspects accused falsely or not, needs support from a beloved and trusted partner, because the proceedings cause pain, especially if the accused person or suspect knows for sure that the charges are false, and believes it is a creation – manufactured through coached, and anonymous money hungry witnesses who are self-confessed criminals.
African Press International Photo: Mrs Rachel Ruto waiting outside the ICC for her husband Hon. Ruto to come out after the proceedings ended
Mrs Ruto told African Press International that she knows her husband is innocent. She added “My husband is a christian, a man who cannot dream of hurting anybody. I know him and I know God knows that his heart is clean, and will be free of this false charges. My husband is a peace-loving person. I love him and pray for him all the time.”
Ruto’s wife therefore did the right thing by supporting her husband throughout the hearing. Kosgey had his two sons to give him moral support, while Mr Sang had the support from Kass FM colleagues who were present to cover the proceedings.
The confirmation of charges hearing case against William Samoei Ruto, Henry Kosgey and Joshua Sang caused anger in the Kalenjin community in Kenya as soon as it was made public. This happened because the community did not understand why they were being picked on by Chief Prosecutor Moreno Ocampo.
The accusation is derived from the 2007/2008 post-election violence that erupted spontaneously immediately President Mwai Kibaki was sworn in for the second term in office. The eruption of the violence took place because the opposition party ODM led by its presidential candidate Raila Odinga did not accept the results.
After the chaos of 2007/2008, Kenya has not been the same. People are suspicious of one another politically. There are those who want to believe that the accused persons William Ruto, Henry Kosgey and Joshua Sang are guilty and yet there is a majority out there who knows that these people are not the ones who financed and caused deaths to innocent Kenyan people.
Those who still believe that they are guilty, it is sad to say, do not know that the evidence being used against them is not credible at all.
African Press International Photo:(From right), Hon. Charles Keter, Hon. Zakayo Cheruiyot and a lawyer waiting outside the ICC for Ruto, Kosgey and Sang to come out after the proceedings ended
Sitting in the court and listening to the evidence produced by the prosecution, – evidence presented on the 1st of september through the 7th of september – one can only say the three suspects Ruto, Kosgey and Sang are innocent people who are being persecuted by some political entity in collaboration with the prosecution with the help of the Kenya National Human Rights Commission, Human Rights Watch and Waki reports.
This is unfair to the suspects because the witnesses are people who received payments and promises of luxurious lives outside Kenya. Such promises attracted witnesses to come forward for the sake of money. Their exaggeration that their lives would be in danger if they testified live, misled the prosecution. The prosecution decided to present written statements from the said witnesses. Names were never revealed to the defence during the proceedings and the defence, including th court did not get the opportunity to cross-examine the witnesses, whose testimony were contradictory.
Following the prosecution’s evidence presented to the court, If there is any justice at all in the ICC process, the 3 suspects will be free from any more persecution in the next 60 days. This is so, because there is no credible evidence connecting any of the 3 to any post-election violence.
African Press International photo: Mr Joshua Sang in a happy mood, with Kass reporter Jessang and one of his lawyers Mr Bosek
There were serious moments at the Hague, but also happy times for the suspects when they realised Ocampo was easy meat to chew.
It did not go unnoticed here that Mr Joshua Sang was happy after his witnesses completed giving evidence at the Hague. He told Kass reporter that he just wanted to go home and wait to be cleared of all charges. He said he believed justice will be done.
When asked how he thinks his defence team had done the job, Sang almost burst into laughter saying Ocampo had nothing on him and that he was easy meat and a step-over for his team – causing laughter, disabling reporter Jesang causing her to burst into laughter. Sang said Ocampo should have been clever enough to get audio recordings of his broadcasts and check them in order to see if there was anything to incriminate him, instead of cheap propaganda that he took to court. His lawyer (middle on the photo) was pleased with the witnesses Sang had identified.
African Press International photo: Kass journalist with Camera, Jeptoo (left on photo and TV K24 reporter Jeff Koinange together with Kenyans attending confirmation of charges hearings at the Hague, On the steps of the ICC waiting for Hon Ruto, Hon Kosgey and Mr Sang to come out after the proceedings adjourned for the day
Many journalists were at the Hague to follow the proceedings. The proceedings was being watched live in Kenya by many who had the opportunity. The majority of the people would like to see justice done. There are also some who do not want to hear that the six suspects may actually have been framed. However, the truth must prevail. Contradictory statements read out in court may, if the judges want to do justice, cause a ruling favouring the suspects. The defence stressed the point that the witnesses are not people of dignity who can earn anybody’s trust and yet the prosecution believes them in whatever they say without proper verification.
They blamed those who, according to them, have framed the suspects, especially Ruto because they believe some people want to use the ICC case to block him from running for the Presidency come 2012 Presidential elections. Ruto is determined to become Kenya’s president after President Mwai Kibaki.If the charges are confirmed, which should not be the case if the court looks at the evidences critically, then the case will run for many years in the Hague. That will not help those politicians who want, and are able, to lead the Kenyan people.The defence believe that there politicians who are wishing Ruto and Uhuru Kenyatta away from the scene so that they get an easy ride to State House. It is wrong to misuse the ICC for this purpose, through deceit by witnesses bought for a price.
Kenyan people living in the Netherlands and some European countries, including those who came direct from Kenya attended the proceedings which were tainted by anonymous witnesses’ contradictory statements.Some attended the proceedings to give moral support to the suspects, while others were there as curious persons with no personal interest in the case, but only to listen in.