How Uhuru helped save Ruto from ICC clutches
05 April 2016, 21:00
Nairobi - For those who claim to have knowledge of the intrigues behind Deputy President William Ruto's case at the ICC, one clear factor was President Uhuru Kenyatta's influence on the trial.
Ruto and journalist Joshua Sang were both released from the clutches of the ICC Tuesday after a no case to answer motion by the two went successful.
For those in the know though, the victory was not won on trial but off it.
A spirited attempt by the government to kill off the case was effectively the reason as to why it died a natural death.
The government roped in its best minds and that of its allies to manhandle the ICC and ensure it was handicapped and not able to dispense the trial.
Using the African Union, Kenya painted Ruto and in extension Africa as a victim of the ICC's prejudice on African nations.
The shuttle diplomacy that was witnessed saw chief legal and diplomatic minds traverse the world seeking to gain support to effectively tie the hands of the ICC, a ploy that worked perfectly.
The only option left was to get rid of the Ruto and Sang trial and chase others of leaders seen to have been more left-field like the Congolese Warlord John Pierre Bemba and others.
If they continued to deal with Ruto, then African nations, which are the soul of the ICC would quit and that would not be a good look for the court.
In short, the ICC got rid of the Ruto case to save itself.
" The ICC could not do anything else other than get rid of the Ruto trial as it was the only way to ensure that its life was extended," Michael Njenga a political scientist told News24.
" If they continued, the ICC would be killed off by African nations. They had an easy choice to make in the end," he added.
Ruto and Sang will only be thankful for the effort by the President.
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