Bensouda should just do the honourable thing – Drop Kenyan cases

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BY CHRIS KIRUBI

This latest application by Prosecutor Bensouda to adjourn the case against President Uhuru Kenyatta comes as no surprise. While we may not hasten to count the chicks before they hatch, her admission that the evidence she has cannot meet the required threshold is refreshing for once.

It is an admission that her office and her predecessor left her with a bungled box of puzzle pieces which can never interlock well enough to form a complete or rational picture.

However, instead of further postponing the inevitable, I would request her to consider doing the honorable thing and drop the case altogether.

If the basis upon which the original case was confirmed no longer stands true, what sort of justice would the Court be administering if they allowed her to continue dragging along an innocent party until she is able to obtain additional evidence?

Even from a layman’s angle, this request is unreasonable and condescending to the people of Kenya. Yes, we understand the need to uphold justice for the victims, but it cannot be at the expense of the accused. She has the burden of proof and so far, the ‘so called proof’ is disintegrating faster than we can spell justice.

It also goes without saying that the president’s roles have been impaired by the case at the ICC. He is the Chief Executive Officer of the Nation and needs undivided attention to steer the country towards prosperity. The prosecutor’s move is a good sign that he will now have more time to act on pressing national and indeed regional matters.

We have a challenge of terrorism, the world already knows about the Westgate attack in September. We have a Constitution to implement, we have Kenyans to give jobs, we have poverty to eradicate, in a nutshell, the president has very important roles which require his full concentration. He and his deputy William Ruto gave Kenyans their manifesto; we know they are very committed to ensure that they fulfill their promises to us.

In the meantime, I want to express my heartfelt delight at this newest ICC twist, on behalf of Kenyans and congratulatory wishes to our dear President.

I want him to know that we continue to stand with him and to support him in this matter. We will keep praying for justice and trust that this matter will be concluded soon enough. We are also looking forward to seeing Ruto freed on the same principles of fairness and justice.

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