Ken Wafula, man accused of ‘fixing’ Ruto, Sang at ICC dies after illness


Human Rights activist Ken Wafula
Human Rights activist Ken Wafula

Human Rights activist Ken Wafula, the man who was one of the main players in the ICC cases has died in an Eldoret hospital after a short illness.

The father of three, who was an Executive Director at the Center of Human Rights and Democracy, died on Tuesday afternoon at St. Luke Hospital, Eldoret after a short illness.

“He was admitted yesterday at noon after developing breathing problems,” said a family member.

Mr. Wafula was loudly accused of fixing then Eldoret North MP (now Deputy President) William Ruto and radio host Joshua Arap Sang to the International Criminal Court. He denied the accusations.

In 2015, he changed tune and withdrew his support for the ICC cases after Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria recorded a statement with the police claiming that witnesses had been procured and coached to frame the suspects.

“Everyone thought that I fixed Ruto and Sang. Now that Kuria had come out, the truth could finally be known,” said Mr. Wafula at the time.

In an interview with the Daily Nation, Mr. Wafula said he was doing many things behind the scenes to help Mr. Ruto and Mr. Sang’ get acquitted.

“I’m currently planning to petition the Assembly of State Parties over the same. At the same time, I am writing a letter to the United Nations Security Council, and also engaging the ICC internally through my own avenues,” he said.

Mr. Wafula said the accusations attracted a lot of heat including death threats saying he had been threatened with death more than ten times.

He was a major crusader against political violence and hate speech after the 2007/2008 post election violence that gripped the entire country but mostly in his home town of Eldoret where he lived.

 

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