I agree with Cord leader Raila Odinga that some Jubilee politicians are peddling lies that he handed out DP William Ruto’s head on a silver platter to The Hague to be ground.
There has been a lull before the storm on this sensitive but tired issue on who sold out the DP to the ICC.
Last week, at the burial of the former Kenya Commercial Bank Executive Chairman Dr. Benjamin Kipkorir in Kapchelalang’, Elgeyo Marakwet county, Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, asked Raila to apologise to Kenyans over the ICC case.
The youthful politician told Raila to write a letter to the Hague so that Ruto is let off the hook.
Mourners literally collected their falling jaws off the ground and struggled to put them back after listening to Murkomen’s sentiments before mourners.
In the run up to the 2013 general elections, Jubilee Coalition campaign rallies were dripping with these allegations.
Tongues wagged in overdrive as Raila fought left, right and centre in defending himself against the claims that eventually cost him the presidency.
But, finally, the chicken came home to roost and all fears were confirmed.
A list of many senior people serving in the Jubilee Government popped up as the shadowy individuals who took the son of Samoei to The Hague.
And when witnesses took the stand at ICC, Rift Valley gasped at the names and the regions they come from. None is from Nyanza. Only a handful come from Nandi but a huge chunk come from a certain region I don’t want to name for obvious reasons.
It is true a lie told over and over, eventually scrambles into a dress that suits the truth and starts to sashay in the right places rubbing itself on the very fabric of society.
It eventually takes along with it our very conscience as we cry, “Thief!” “Thief!” as the real gangster slips away leaving an innocent bystander to be lynched.
Even Adolf Hitler, the man responsible for the deaths of millions of Jews, and a good student of 19th Century mayor of the city of Vienna, Austria, Karl Leuger’s misguided ideology of anti-semiticism, knew better than the 21 Century Kenyan politician.
Hitler once said: If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.
Isn’t it unfortunate for some politicians to continue flogging this dead horse now that the Kenyans hoodwinked in 2013 know the truth?
Even a kindergarten child in Rift Valley now knows Raila is innocent on this and other accusations leveled against him like the earlier mass evictions of Mau Forest settlers.
Whose directive was it? If you and me shake our brains, it will come back to us that Raila was acting on the directions of President Kibaki. He could have been set up to fail and, indeed, the ghosts of the evictions haunted him in 2013.
But who evicted Kalenjins in April from the same forest leaving them destitute and dying by the road side?
It appears some politicians are using these poor people as pieces on their political chessboards.
Someone somewhere planned the debacle this time round, to malign Ruto. That is a story of another day.
Indeed, some of the hearts of Rift Valley politicians are like the moon, always changing, but there is a Raila in it.
The people are upset that the same lie is repeated just to paint Raila in bad light now that he is trying to make inroads in Rift Valley to return the people he lost in 2013 after they swallowed these same lies hook, line and sinker.
In the run up to the 2013 election, the Kalenjin ( and anyone else who cared to listen) were told again and again that their son’s tribulations at the hands of Moreno Ocampo and now Fataou Bensouda, were caused by Raila.
In fact, this naked lie was preached even to the converted until they disowned the truth about the real culprits behind the DP’s troubles and chose to rally behind the false allegations.
Caught off guard at the burial ceremony, Raila reiterated he is innocent.
There is only one thing worse than a shameless politician, and that is another politician.
If there is any politician who did not want the 2007-08 post election violence suspects to be hauled into ICC, it is Raila.
He tried in vain to convince the political cabal in 2009 to form a local tribunal but his arguments were met with rude remarks.
Thanks to this cabal, we now have the phrase: “Don’t be vague, let’s go to Hague.”
This phrase was bandied around any crusade held by Raila against hauling Kenyans in ICC.
When Raila insisted even more, somebody said he didn’t give a hoot if the cases were taken over by the international court.
The politician told political rallies that ICC investigations could take 99 years by which time none of the suspects will be alive.
If we could all go back to the Hansard, it wouldn’t take a second to dig out who was for The Hague.
Raila should take on Murkomen’s challenge and write to the ICC asking it to terminate the DP’s case.
He has nothing to lose if he starts his own little crusade to show the Kalenjins he fully supports an acquittal so that he can free himself from this yoke of a bad thing.