NAIROBI, Kenya Feb 26 – Former radio presenter Joshua arap Sang on Tuesday broke ranks with two suspects with whom he faces criminal charges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) and endorsed CORD’s presidential candidate Raila Odinga ahead of next Monday’s general elections.
In a recorded message to air on radio, Sang dismissing the Jubilee Alliance presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta and his running mate William Ruto as incapable of bringing peace between their communities who have fought since 1992 at election time.
Sang, Kenyatta and Ruto are facing various counts of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court. The charges relate to crimes committed at the height of the 2007-2008 post-election violence.
Sang also dismissed as lies, the perception in the Rift Valley that it was Odinga who sent him to The Hague.
He claims that senior government officials who were in office before the formation of the Grand Coalition Government had coached witnesses to testify against him and Ruto in the case at the ICC.
“The truth must be told. In my opinion, the people who masterminded and planned to have me and my brother taken to The Hague did not include Raila Odinga,” Sang says in the recorded message.
In the interview, Sang appeals to the Kalenjin community not to trust the power sharing deal in the Jubilee Alliance, saying such agreements have twice been disowned after elections.
He cites the MoU signed between Odinga and Kibaki in 2002 and the 2007 power sharing deal that brought the Grand Coalition Government into force as instances of broken promises that should make residents of the Rift Valley wary of the deal between Ruto and Kenyatta.
“Today, some of our people want us to enter into an MoU again through Jubilee. They never respected the MOU signed in 2002 and the power sharing deal agreed on in 2007. Why should we expect that the one our community has signed in Jubilee will be respected,” Sang says in the pre-recorded message.
Sang said he doubts whether the pact between Ruto and Kenyatta will fare any better.
The former radio presenter claimed that although President Kibaki and PM Odinga were supposed to share power on a 50-50 basis, it never really happened and only one side of the coalition ran the country.