A while back, the International Crimes Court (ICC) at the Hague indicted Kenya’s Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto for crimes against humanity. Ruto did the right thing and resigned as Finance Minister.
Kenyatta says he is innocent of the charges which claim that he directed a militia accused of murder and rape during the violence that killed an estimated 1,220 people and uprooted hundreds of thousands after the disputed 2007 election.
Both men MUST be presumed innocent, until proven otherwise. But, that is not the point.
Now, Kenyatta and Ruto are candidates for President in Kenya’s upcoming elections early 2013.
Kenya’s image is at stake. How can the two men, running for the country’s highest office be under a cloud of suspicion? The statesmanly thing to do for both is to put their personal ambitions aside, clear their names and wait for the next elections. Yes, it is now or never, they are saying. But Kenya’s reputation and good name are paramount.
Both men face five counts including orchestrating murder, rape, forcible transfer and persecution. Yes, they are presumed innocent now. But, were one of them to become President of Kenya in the meantime, then get convicted, what damage would that do to the office?
The honorable thing to do is for both men to take a deep breath, inspect their souls and do the right thing. History will absolve them.