Wednesday, 6 October 2010

ICC after Kenyatta, Ruto and Michuki

The ICC is keen on speaking to three Kenyan ministers, Uhuru Kenyatta, William Ruto and John Michuki, as it continues with investigations into the country's deadly 2008 violence. 

The ICC is interested in hearing the side of the story of these three before assessing whether to seek their indictment.

ICC chief Ocampo wants to meet them in private when he travels to Nairobi soon, but the three have given indications that they are not interested in speaking with the man.
Uhuru Kenyatta is worried about if the media gets wind of a meeting between him and the ICC prosecutor; Ruto is conscious about how the story will be spun by the press (read Daily Nation) that is against him; while Michuki does not give a damn about meeting the ICC man.
The three men are crucial to ICC investigations into Kenya violence, or else ICC probe into the country's violence will collapse.

The ICC, relying on a UN report and reports by Kenyan NGOs, believes that Mr Kenyatta is key to understanding about a meeting held at the State House Nairobi where Mungiki were mandated to start revenge attacks in Naivasha.

The ICC too believes that Ruto knows something about possible planning of the violence in the Rift valley and other instances of violence in the area. Ruto is the top Kalenjin leader. The ICC prosecutor wants to ask him if he had any role in the violence; or any pre-plan before the start of the violence.

John Michuki was in charge of police during the time of the violence. The ICC wants to ask him if he was the one who gave shoot-to-kill orders to the police. If he meets ICC officials, it is understood that he will tell Ocampo that there was no such order, that police are trained to deal with various escalating situations, differently.

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