Was Raila's ICC offer to Ruto genuine?
02 February 2015, 19:29
Nairobi - The jury is still out as to what the offer by CORD leader Raila Odinga to testify on behalf of Deputy President William Ruto at the ICC means or what his offer entails.
But the question that most have asked is, was the offer a political stunt or Raila would really have testified.
And if so, would he really have exonnorated Ruto, who is at the moment his political enemy?
Further, wouldn't Raila be better served with Ruto still at the Hague and standing a chance of actually being prosecuted for his crimes against humanity charges?
According to experts, the move was surprising, given that the two are on different sides of the political divide at the moment.
" I think it is highly surprising to be honest. I doubt Ruto would have accepted anyway, I guess only if he and Raila were on the same side of the political divide, maybe he would have considered it " political analyst Michael Njenga feels.
" My personal view is that the move is a bright one by Raila. It kills the notion that he was the one who fixed Ruto at the Hague and also he gains in popularity by making such an offer."
" It is a win win for Raila, whether Ruto agrees or not, which is a solid move from the CORD leader," he adds.
Joshua Kipng'etich, an Eldoret based political sciences expert also feels that the move is a sinister one from the former Prime Minister but at the same time, one that has bought him political leverage.
" If I were Raila's advisers, I would clap for myself," he says.
" In Kenya, politics is all about perception. People in Rift Valley did not have an ear for Raila because they felt he had fixed Ruto at the ICC but now with that offer, the tide will change."
" Also, URP is at a serious cross roads over the formation of the Jubilee Alliance Party, so I think it is a fine move by the former PM."
" As for Ruto taking up the offer. He simply could not risk it because he does not know what Raila will say once up there in the dock. At the moment anyway, they are not seeing eye to eye politically."
" It would be a risk," he added.
Ruto is understood to have welcomed Raila’s offer, but said he has a competent legal team working hard to prove his innocence in the case against him at the ICC.
Ruto and journalist Joshua Sang are facing charges of crimes against humanity following the violence that erupted in the country after the disputed 2007 presidential election.
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