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Did prayers help SIX Kenyans who were facing crimes against humanity at The Hague?

waldryano / Pixabay Prayers in times of need

I believe many of you would say, yes! And equally many of you would say, nope! Now it is time to have a say how prayers did a wonderful things that resulted into the acquittal of all six Kenyans from the chains of an International Criminal Court (ICC).

This is how it went down,

Kenyans knows that their deputy president is a man who loves God so much that his tears are almost in constant motion whenever he feels an angel touching his head. He was the first person to visit the ICC at The Hague, Holland and came back as a hero. If Kenyans can remember that day very well, then they do still remember his words upon touching down from the plane. Mr Ruto said, “God who stays in heaven will never let the innocent person suffer… I believe he will show us the light, and we will follow it until the end.”

That was beautiful and powerful statement that Kenyans never understood then, but as time went by things became much clear.

The first four accused fellows were exonerated from blame since the prosecution failed to produce evidence to confirm that any of them were part of the financial team that funded the killings witnessed in 2007/2008.

That was great because this paved way for the last two to have a say that later confirmed that, them too, did not have a case to answer.

How prayers helped the six….

Although there is no verse in the Bible that says, “God helps those who help themselves.” Majority of us believe that God is there to add a little help to those who are already struggling to be free. Indeed, it happened in Kenya during those days. How?

According to the ICC prosecutor, ICC witnesses faced the worst challenges and never should any witness face such grave challenges in future.

She said that, many witnesses were forced, either by bribe or by death, to change their earlier statements. It also appeared that those who were the key witnesses were either denied a chance to speak out or were killed before the beginning of the trials.

Well, if you think prayers did not work then think again… The six are free, two of them are our leaders (leaders are chosen by God)… what do you think about this?

ICC Ruling Leaves 2007 PEV Victims Hopeless

Just a few days ago, the rule 68 was earmarked as a landmark ruling at which we waited to hear what it would be like. Post Election Violence (PEV) is the very reason why we have pending cases in The Hague. Maybe some people had no idea what this law was all about and looking at what was brewing in the social media, tribal-political heat carried the day. Okay the ruling was done supposedly favoring the accused but what of the victims; what were they left to lean on?

I think as a country the majority of Kenyans are insensitive of the plight of the victims who suffered under the hands of the heinous attackers with nobody to fight for them not even our leaders. Imagine those who were raped, those whose homes were reduced to ashes or those who had their loved ones murdered or burnt alive in the church massacre  just to mention a few, the word ‘election’ surely sends a chilling breeze down their veins.

Even after the ruling was done, the prosecutor frankly said that her case against the accused was weak and so this leaves us with almost right guesses that these cases may eventually be terminated just like that. And if this happens, then one wonders what other justice we are looking forward to prevail for the sake of the victims. For the loss of property, this can be remedied by compensation in monetary terms but of rape and loss of lives of loved ones, there is no way to make anyone to feel better bearing in mind the mental stress that comes with such deadly scenarios.

But even after we follow the upcoming events as far as the cases in The Hague are concerned, the fact is there are many Kenyans out there who perpetrated those dreadful acts only that it’s hard to know them. The victims may continue to suffer mentally but you who took part and hurt anybody, just be sure that payback time will still up catch with you and you will not like it. You can be the hypocrite who is shouting that the two accused should be behind bars but God is watching and knows what you did during PEV.

ICC Issue: Kenyans Should Worry About The Outcome

Slow death is where the country is heading! Somalia was once a business hub of Africa. Its growth rate was far beyond Kenya in many ways, but because of wrangles in leadership, the country is getting back on its feet after decades or war and lawlessness. This is what Kenya should learn and move on with peace other than to go Somalia wise.

Now as the president of Kenya is pushing for Africa to withdraw from Rome Statute that will make ICC irrelevant, he is clearly making ways for peace less Kenya. He knows it but maybe this is his major plan.

By now, Kenyan judiciary has dirt and needs to clean itself from corruption before leading Kenya to greatness.  If it happens that the next election goes to the Supreme Court again, then people will not accept the results from both ways. Sad that if it happens, then the country will be on fire— and this should be avoided by all necessary means.

ICC is what Kenyans fear the most. However, if by 2017 Kenya will no longer be a signatory to Rome Statute, then the world will be watching from a far.  Kenyans will be praying that no violence could erupt and the leaders will be pushing for something fishy to make the ends meet.

So far, only a section of Kenyans does find Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to be a credible institution. And this could change is the opposition carries the day.

Even IEBC confirmed that it needs to redeem itself from mistakes made in 2013 and give out clean sheet of election results. This is the third sad situation that we have.

Now, look at Kenya this was in 2017…

No ICC—- which sets the ball rolling for post election violence because people have no fear of being dragged to this Hague Court of law.

Dirt Judiciary— People are not convinced that the ruling can be free and fair in Kenyan courts. So far, some Supreme Court judges have been mentioned in multi-billion corruption scandals and this is not good for the country.

IEBC issues— in case of election malpractices, the loosing party will not accept defeat because of reluctance of taking the matters in the court of Law. Then what will happen?

I do not want to think about the possibilities of Kenya turning into Somalia like state because of one major mistake— pulling Kenya from ICC.

ICC Should BE Personal ISSUE, Not National or Continental

The International Criminal Court in The Hague ...

The International Criminal Court in The Hague (ICC/CPI), Netherlands.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kenya itself is not pushing for withdrawal from ICC or Rome Statute but the president of Kenya is working day and night to see that this country is no longer a signatory to Rome Statute. The reason for this is vivid enough for every Kenyan who understands what is really happening.

As Kenyans, majority of us support ICC because we do not HAVE confidence in our judicial system. Our argument is simple, clean the mess in Judiciary then lead Africa out of Rome Statute. However, as we stand united against our leaders who already have personal issues with ICC, we have little to do to make sure the country is no led into the burning furnace as we watch. As it is for now, Kenya can only withdraw from Rome Statute if the country conduct a referendum and  vote against it.

Well, those who are pushing for withdrawal have forged another way to get out. This call for all African countries to match out of Rome Statute is just genius way in dealing with personal problems.

These leaders know very well that if a referendum is held to choose the way forward for Kenya, they have no chance because majority will vote against their will. But if Africa chooses to walk away, then Kenya will walk through the crowd and out leaving Kenyans wishing they had a say.

Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya once said the crimes against humanity case that was before him was personal issue, but now he is busy pushing this ‘persona issue’ to an ‘ Africans Issue’. The point he crossed over the borders of Kenya to spread anti-ICC agenda to other African countries, the personal issue became the continental issue. Not good for the continent that believes in violence as the only way of solving political issues.

We can’t say that animosity that was experienced in 2007/2008 post election violence in Kenya is now the thing of the past. Nothing has been done so far to make rivalry communities in this country to realize that  every Kenyan has a right to stay anywhere in the country and has a right to make political choices.

It is sad that Jubilee administration is slowly making an avenue of death and the culprits shielded from blame because soon the fear of ICC will be the thing of the past.

Now the question is, what are the plans for Kenya after withdrawal from Rome Statute? Your guess is right. Kenyans who believe in peace already know what ICC means to this country. In fact, this fear alone is all that we need for peaceful Kenya.

 

An Appeal Against ICC Cases, Dusk To The Victims Of 2007 PEV

English: International Criminal Court (ICC) logo

 International Criminal Court (ICC) logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Starting today was when the Deputy President (DP) was scheduled to appeal against the case implicating him of crimes against humanity withdrawn, claiming absence of credible evidence really making him guilty. But then several governors, senators and Members of Parliament (MPs) had travelled hundreds of kilometers to show support for the DP in The Hague. Now that our dear politicians were showing solidarity to the accused DP, what about the victims; who is there for them?

Listening to a number of politicians who were interviewed airing their views, it was obvious PEV aftermath victims were out of the whole picture yet they bore the wrath of the disputed elections.

The politicians have always said that they have the Kenyans at heart but I only think they are there for the individualistic characteristic of the unfair political arena.

For someone to say that this court is not of the required standard for justice to prevail, one wonders whether they have an alternative court that can definitely pass their meaning of standards.

Another politician went ahead and compared the proceedings that this court has been behaving like those minor cases that are taken to a local chief. But I think that they ought to know better that with the power vested on this international court, its systems are well laid to deal with crimes that human rights are infringed.

Even as they say that those in charge of this court are only there to protect their salaried jobs, the best thing that they can do is to wait for the outcome of the appeal.

This court deserves to be respected and I know Kenyans are confident that no matter the hurdles that have been experienced since the case was opened, a fair judgment will still come to pass. The best thing so far is that no amount of political manipulations can interfere with the final decision of this court.