By VITALIS KIMUTAI and ALEX NDEGWA
If a leaked document, allegedly from the UK administration, is to be believed, President Kibaki is under a secret probe by the International Criminal Court, and could be indicted on retirement.
The documents, which caused outrage in Parliament, also casts a picture of Britain advising International Criminal Court that arrest warrants against Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and Eldoret North MP William Ruto, who have already been committed to full trial, would diminish their chances "of... ascending to State House".
The letter is allegedly copied to someone called Kanbar Hossein Bor at The Hague and 17 British government officers in London, Nairobi, Washington, New York, Sudan, DfID offices, Brussels and Somalia.
The dossier, allegedly circulated by the British Foreign Office, and purportedly written by Chloe Hamborg, head of Horn of Africa Strategy Team, hints that a decision could have been reached that the arrests warrants for Uhuru and Ruto, who are in the presidential race, be released in the next two months. President Mwai Kibaki [PHOTO: FILE/STANDARD]
President Mwai Kibaki [PHOTO: FILE/STANDARD]
Last evening, the British High Commission Press officer in Kenya, Mr John Bradshaw described the allegations in the report dated January 27 and February 6, as preposterous.
An annexure in the report is attributed to UK former envoy to Kenya, Peter Tibber.
"Following the confirmation of charges by the ICC of four Kenyan suspects alleged to have masterminded Kenyaâs 2007/2008 violence, we expect the ICC to issue arrest warrants in the spring," says the report.
In what could lead to frosty international relations, the UK Government also appears to favour Prime Minister Raila Odinga succeeding President Kibaki at State House.
"The arrest warrant would assist the ongoing investigation of President Kibaki. It would diminish the chances of Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto ascending to State House. It would increase the chances of Kibaki being indicted as a former Head of State," reads the document in part.