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Probe Kofi Annan's claims on ICC cases

By Joel Onyango | June 23rd 2016

The latest move by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan - questioning the decision by an international court to allow President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto to remain free as their cases proceeded - is outrageous.

It is now clear that Annan has been meddling with the cases from the onset.

The former secretary general should concentrate on something else and leave Kenyans alone.

It is preposterous for Annan to claim that Kenyatta and Ruto put a lot of effort and resources into fighting the case.

His sentiments that the International Criminal Court (ICC) has a detention centre located within a Dutch prison complex in Scheveningen, on the outskirts of The Hague, shows that he wanted someone else to be the president other than Kenyatta.

It is becoming clear that Annan was behind the recent revelations by former ICC)prosecutor Moreno Ocampo that some diplomats had asked him to do more to prevent Kenyatta and Ruto from contesting the 2013 elections.

It is time the Government moved to investigate the truth about the latest revelations, with a view to bringing to book those who wanted Ocampo to do more to stop Uhuru and Ruto from participating in the last elections.

No wonder one of the ICC judges had claimed that the “politicisation” of the case convinced five of his colleagues against sittings in Nairobi or Tanzania.

Annan should now come out clearly and tell the world if he was behind move by NGOs and human rights groups’ exercise of coaching witnesses to testify against Ruto and Uhuru before the cases were dropped.

But the truth of the matter is that cases that had been dropped were politically motivated and ICC should take time to investigate the role played by Annan leading to naming of Kenyatta and Ruto as suspects in PEV.

The world should take seriously the latest statement by Annan and launch investigations on the role he played in arriving at the Waki list.

The former Secretary General should leave Kenyans alone and stop thinking that the he will influence voters in this country to elect leaders of his choice.

Annan should know that majority of Kenyans elected Kenyatta and Ruto as their leaders and should respect their decision.

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