Friday, March 22, 2013

Why liars can not stand witness at ICC against the anointed leaders

By KWAMCHETSI MAKOKHA

Every week this year, one plank after another in the cases against President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President-elect William Ruto at the International Criminal Court has collapsed.

If it is not the trial date changing, it is the prosecutor acknowledging she does not have a case and witnesses balking.

One case – against former head of the public service Francis Muthaura — just sagged and dropped off the table.

Despite the wickedness of the devil – also known as the accuser and the slanderer – the Lord’s will has begun to prevail over the matter of the post-election violence.

For four years, the master of deceit sponsored coaching of witnesses and paid for them to fly around the world to lie about innocent people in exchange for the comforts of exile and the secret thrill of wondering if their neighbours knew what they were up to.

The targets of these accusations did not react with anger and vengeance, but instead went down on their knees and cried out to the heavens.

Now, their prayers are being answered.

Seeing Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto uplifted as the elected leaders of Kenya has forced many of their erstwhile fake accusers disown their fabricated tales about meetings that never happened, payments that were hardly made, orders that were never issued and deaths that never occurred.

Their accusers know in their hearts of hearts that President-elect cannot rape anybody.

They know Deputy President-elect would never raise a machete to anyone’s neck or set match to tinder. Still, they succumbed to the wiles of the evil one and lied.

Having seen the divine hand upon the servants of the people long before they formally take office, many so-called witnesses have taken their own lives in the fashion of their patron saint, Judas Iscariot, the master of treachery and have their families report it as murder.

Others, in a natural act of penance, have become tongue-tied at the prospect of repeating crass falsehoods in a case that accuses the President-elect of murder, rape, torture and forced displacements. The lies have dried in the throats of those who honed their tongues to accuse deputy president-elect of murder, cruelty and many other acts.

Bathed in the shame of seeing those that they had falsely accused uplifted, many witnesses are losing their minds.

They have started losing their memories as well, and can no longer remember a thing about what happened in 2007 or 2008.

They cannot recall deaths in their families or houses ablaze or crowds fleeing. In fact, they cannot remember how they ended up in IDP camp or on lists of the raped. It is all like a nightmare that dissipates at waking.

Claims about killing, bribery or intimidation of witnesses is fig leaf the ICC Chief Prosecutor has invented to hide behind in order to cover up the evil the international community conjured up to frustrate Kenya’s journey to greatness.

Once the new government is in place, the Chief Prosecutor should cease making excuses about cooperation.

She and her investigators should come and pitch camp in Kenya to interview all the security agents as well as anybody else she needs to. She must gather real evidence instead of relying on bar gossip that nearly ruined the careers of Kenya’s peace makers who have delivered an election without violence.

None of this would have been possible without the peace and prayer rallies Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto launched soon after their charges were confirmed in January 2012. Prayer changes stuff.

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