The International Criminal Court (ICC) has dealt a blow to the Kenya government by rejecting its appeal to stop it putting six people accused of links to the 2008 post-election violence.
Deputy prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, former Higher Education Minister William Ruto, Francis Muthaura, head of the Civil Service, and former police chief Mohammed Hussein Ali must be seeing double now. Nairobi is jittery.
These “big fish” are accused of murder, deportations and persecutions by ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo. This cannot be good news for President Kibaki, because the alleged crimes happened under his nose.
To make matters worse, Kenya holds general elections next year. If these trials go forwad, as is expected, there could be a Texas-size political earthquake in Nairobi. Let’s watch.
The African Union has been pushing for the cases to be dropped. Shame ! I say, butt out and let the axe fall wherever it may. Let justice take its course. After all, most Kenyans still prefer the ICC option.