Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Minutes of Kenya's State House violence planning meet

There were no minutes taken during a meeting held in early January 2008 at the State House Nairobi to plan retaliatory attacks against the people who were killing supporters of President Mwai Kibaki following the 2007 disputed elections.

Details of action points spoken during the meeting were taken, but they were not official; and no one was to speak to any other party, at all, after the meeting.

I am posting these details after The Daily Nation on the evening of 27 September published a story saying that the ICC had been denied access to minutes of a meeting said to have been held at State House at the height of the post-election violence. The newspaper further said, unnamed ICC officials in Kenya said the government had declined to make available any information regarding the meeting.

Number one: Kenya is not interested in helping ICC do anything in Kenya over the 2008 violence. More correctly, President Kibaki does not want to be thrust to the limelight when he retires in 2012 - being called to say something at the ICC or his officials saying things if some of them are taken to the ICC for trials.

Number two: There were no minutes of the State House meeting. If the Daily Nation story is to be believed, then the ICC fellows are misguided. They will not get anything. Of course, the government of President Kibaki has said no such meeting took place.

According to non-judicial commission into the 2008 violence, (Waki Commission), the State House meeting was attended by some leaders of Mungiki sect and security officials as well as some Kikuyu political leaders.

The report further said it received evidence that government and political leaders, including key office holders at the highest level of government may have directly participated in the preparation of the attacks.

The report linked the attacks - largely seem as retaliation against the earlier one against the Kikuyu people in the Rift Valley - to the meeting. The Waki Commission report said the retaliatory attacks was pre-planned and executed by Mungiki members who received the support of political leaders.

This week, some junior ICC officials are visiting Kenya to start groundwork on ICC probe into the violence. Since the government is keen to frustrate them, some ICC consultant suggested that they speak to Mungiki rank and file who are privy to the details to the State House meeting.

They will not get as far.

There is a massive operation against the Mungiki underway across Kenya; and the leadership appears to have seriously fallen out of favour with security people in the land. This blog has been told that detectives are tracking communication of top Mungiki leaders who know anything about the meeting.

Prime Minister Raila Odinga wants the ICC to continue investigations in Kenya, to be able to inhale jitters in some politicians. But Kibaki does not want any nonsense to do with the ICC; he wants national reconciliation and healing.

On 19 September, Justice Minister Mutula Kilonzo said ICC investigations are unnecessary now that Kenya has adopted political reforms with the coming into effect of new constitution. Mr Kilonzo takes orders from the president.

Panorama repeats, ICC in Kenya is a hoax.

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