This week, one of the big news in the country was the dismissal of ICC cases against Deputy President William Ruto and journalist Joshua Arap Sang. Judges of Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court declared that the two have no case to answer.
The proceedings were declared a mistrial due to alleged ‘witness interfering and political meddling’. Asserting that the accused were discharged without “prejudice to their presumed innocence” and the Prosecutor’s right to reprosecute the case at a later date, the Trial Chamber declared the charges against the two dropped.
The announcement was of course a big talking point among Kenyans, with many political ‘experts’ coming up with conspiracy theories about the case.
One such theory that has grabbed people’s attention on social media asserts that CORD leader Raila Odinga pulled all the necessary strings to ‘free’ DP William Ruto.
The theory was posted on Facebook by one, Hon Jim Bonnie.
“I attended one of the Bunge la Mwananchi in town this evening, the debate was on Ruto and ICC and this is what one of the speakers said (this is wisdom which I can’t eat alone so I had to share with you):
“Ruto should thank Raila for assisting him. In fact, he should go and kneel before Jakom and thank him for saving him from the ICC. It’s Raila who talked to his international friends to set Ruto fee. When Raila visited South Africa and recently Tanzania, he was finalizing the deal to have Ruto free. Most of you don’t know this, me I know. Magufuli hosted Raila and a delegation from Europe, American, Hague and Africa where they asked Raila Odinga to tell them what they should do. Raila told them that they should set Ruto free. Si unaona immediately alitoka Tanzania Ruto akaachiliwa?”