The verdict on Kenya cases ready for release any time. The Presiding judge may not want to wait for many more days.
After the confirmation of charges hearing where Kenyan leaders were answering accusations labelled against them by Chief Prosecutor Ocampo at the ICC, the waiting for the verdict started.
The country is divided on the issue. Some would like to see the suspects facing a full trial and there are those who think otherwise, saying the whole case is a set up to fix the suspects.
Whatever it is, all right thinking Kenyans agree that Kenya will never be the same after the verdict is read out. There will be those who will be disappointed and others rejoicing.
The good thing that may cool tempers is the fact that no persons will claim that the judges are bribed in order to arrive at a certain decision.
During the waiting period for the verdict that started on the 6th of October 2011, many experts and others who are opinionated have come out with conclusion after conclusion. There are those who have come out condemning the suspects and wishing for a verdict that will send them to a full trial. One thing this group forgets is the fact that the suspects will still remain innocent even if the case is confirmed.
These group of people should also wake up and see what happened to the recently freed Rwandese man who was represented by Mr Ogeto and Mr Otachi (both Kenyan lawyers, also active in ICC Kenya cases), whose case was in Arusha whereby the sentence was overturned in his favour by the court of appeal.
This was a man whose case was confirmed and faced a full trial. This means that having a case confirmed does not affirm one’s guilt at all.
Every Kenyan interested in the cases facing the six suspects should sit down and get answers to the following questions.
- Do we really believe Uhuru Kenyatta stood out there to dish out money to people and directed them to go and kill other Kenyans?
- Do we really believe William Ruto held a meeting in his home attended by thousands of people whereby he armed them and send them out to massacre other Kenyans?
- Do we really believe that Mr Francis Muthaura directed police to keep off from doing their job of guarding Kenyans?
- Do we really believe that Hussein Ali issued orders to his juniors directing them to cooperate with Mungiki in killing ODM supporters?
- Do we really believe that Mr Joshua Sang used his Radio station to agitate the Kalenjins to go out and kill other tribes in the Rift Valley?
- And finally, do we really believe Henry Kosgey worked with Ruto to cleanse the Rift Valley, by influencing the Kalenjins to murder other tribes in the region?
It is not enough to listen to propaganda aired and make conclusions that the six are guilty of offences they are accused of by the ICC prosecutor. We know there are victims out there who must be remembered and cared for by the government. However, emotions must never guide anyone to arrive at a decision that will shatter another person’s life.
This is the time of soul-searching. People need to look into their souls for answers. Whatever the ICC decides in the cases facing the six, Kenyans must not forget that the country belongs to all and living together in peace must guide everyone and especially now that the general elections is around the corner.
It is sensible to accept that even if the cases are confirmed and send to trial, any of the suspects can still vie for positions of importance in Kenya, and if elected, can take up the job while awaiting the trial to come to an end, – and as history of the ICC has shown, proceedings may take up to 5 years. Therefore, this means that if the suspects are to go on trial, their lives will not stagnate because they remain innocent as long as the cases are going on.
Mr Uhuru Kenyatta and Mr William Ruto are both candidates in next year’s presidential elections and as it is, confirmation of charges will not stop their candidature.