As the clock winds down to William Samoei Ruto’s confirmation of charges hearing on Thursday at the ICC Pre-Trial Chamber, what he once described as a ‘movie’ is now all too real. Being the first to face p(er)rosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo on Thursday, Ruto the acknowledged bull of Kalenjin politics, will limit his appearances at the Chamber’s hearings despite burning his cash to fly to The Netherlands. This is so because, apparently, he is confident these are but “false charges” engineered by his political detractors.
He has other more urgent public and private matters to attend to including his constituents, after being stripped of the “inconsequential” ministerial flag by a certain chap who is always singing about football matches in rallies. All well and good, but clearly the political significance and impact of facing his accuser eyeball to eyeball once again is just too good to miss!
Amos Wako is, for most Kenyans, the only Attorney General they have ever known. It thus is rather sad that a man with such a long public career leaves office fending off allegations against his record as a dedicated public servant.
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To have been able to gain the trust of two Presidents and survive several attempts to kick him out of office, Wako, needed to wear the skin of a crocodile. Love or hate him, Wako is a rich depository of history, political trickery and has a brilliant legal mind. There are many who wish they could get into his brain and fish out all the secrets he has stored therein during his years in the State Law Office. When the ‘Smiling AG’ does opt to write his memoirs, publishers will be falling over themselves to get to his front door.
Members of the G7 rushed quickly to cover their soft underbelly in the form of the huge egos eyeing the presidency that the alliance has to accommodate. Hence a curious photo session on Monday, with all the four main presidential contenders in tow. Palaver was not fooled, though. And what was that about prayers to overcome their main rival?
Palaver wishes all our Muslim brothers and sisters a very happy Eid-ul-Fitr today. Do have a good one!
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