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8 spies already in the country to collect evidence on any possible chaos in August polls

There is already a team of eight ICC sleuths, mainly drawn from neighboring Rwanda and Tanzania, who are fluent speakers of Swahili and English.

 

This is likely to spark the Hague narrative, as was in 2013, ahead of the August polls.

A local daily reported to have established the existence of a team of eight ICC sleuths, mainly drawn from neighboring Rwanda and Tanzania, who are fluent speakers of Swahili and English.

The sleuths are already in Kenya to collect and collate evidence of what they believe was massive witness interference in the now-defunct cases against President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy President William Ruto.

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The team, the daily days, is in the country to monitor top political leaders, including those who were not implicated in the now-flopped Kenyan cases at the court. Indisputable sources indicated that the sleuths have been in the country as from November last year.

While speaking after the termination of cases against Uhuru and Ruto (with his co-accused radio journalist Joshua Arap Sang), ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda indicated that she could press against the suspects. She had earlier decried “political meddling, lack of cooperation and witness interference,” she said.

Witness meddling

Currently, three Kenyans - journalist Walter Barasa, lawyer Paul Gicheru and Philip Kipkoech Bett – are under the radar of ICC for allegations of tempering with the witnesses in the terminated cases. The court issued arrest warrants for witness tampering in the Ruto case.

Yesterday, ex-defence lawyers in the crimes against humanity charges cases confirmed the presence of the ICC investigators in the country. He, however, declined to be identified, according to the local daily.

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Speaking while withdrawing Ruto’s case, Bensouda said 17 witnesses that had been lined up to testify were induced to pull out, dealing a blow to her case.

Witnesses, however, showed a voluntarily course for withdrawal, some claiming a heap up of witnesses against their deputy president, some claiming the processes was taking long as such would instead pull out.

Trail on political rallies

Other sources said that the eight ICC investigators now in Kenya are trailing, filming and tape-recording top politicians on the campaign trail.

Among their key targets are President Kenyatta, DP Ruto and opposition leader Raila Odinga.

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When the 2007 post-election violence happened in 2007, the ICC did not have investigators on the ground in Kenya and relied on local NGOs.

Is is, however, not clear whether the ICC could also be gathering evidence for possible violence before, during or after August 8 polls.

The local daily tried in vain many times reaching out to the ICC outreach co-coordinator to Uganda and Kenya, Maria Kamara, five times, but she did not answer our calls. She did not either respond to messages directed to her.

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