November 1, 2014

ICC grants Tony Gachoka an interview

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Officials from the International Criminal Court have agreed to a preliminary interview with a former aide to Prime Minister Raila Odinga, we can report.

Mr Tony Gachoka, who served as Raila’s Chief of Protocol for ten months, claims he has “very damaging information” about the ODM leader’s actions during the 2008 postelection violence.

He has also claimed to have proof the PM struck a deal with unnamed local and international powerbrokers in exchange for immunity from prosecution.

“The Prime Minister has not been forthcoming about what he knows and what he did during the turbulent days of 2007 and 2008,” Gachoka has charged. He says he came to learn all this while managing the PM’s diary and sitting in on key meetings between May 2008 and March 2009.

Raila has, however, denied Gachoka was in charge of his diary or sat in on the alleged meetings. The PM’s office says Raila had no role in either the crimes against humanity that followed the election or the naming of ICC suspects.

The Standard On Saturday has exclusively established plans are under way for a secure interview between Gachoka and a high-ranking staffer at the Office of the Prosecutor. The development came hours after the former protocol officer complained of a “stony silence” from Ms Fatou Bensouda’s office in response to a letter he wrote ten days ago.

In the letter, dated August 1 and published as an advert in the media, Gachoka offered to provide evidence or testify as a witness, if necessary, to help the ICC “get the culprits behind the post-election violence”. It is not clear how his alleged evidence relates to either of the Kenya cases awaiting full trial at the ICC. “The information I hold is extremely prejudicial to some of the most powerful and influential personalities in Kenya,” Gachoka said, expressing fears he and his family were in danger. At a press conference in Nairobi on July 26, ICC officials confirmed they are still gathering evidence on “the Kenya situation”. On Thursday night, they reached out to Gachoka with a proposal on how he could provide the information safely.

The Hague-based court plans to hold two trials in April 2013 on PEV in Kenya, with four accused in the dock: The Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Eldoret North MP William Ruto, former Head of Public Service Francis Muthaura, and radio personality Joshua arap Sang.

He has also claimed to have proof the PM struck a deal with unnamed local and international powerbrokers in exchange for immunity from prosecution.

“The Prime Minister has not been forthcoming about what he knows and what he did during the turbulent days of 2007 and 2008,” Gachoka has charged. He says he came to learn all this while managing the PM’s diary and sitting in on key meetings between May 2008 and March 2009.

Raila has, however, denied Gachoka was in charge of his diary or sat in on the alleged meetings. The PM’s office says Raila had no role in either the crimes against humanity that followed the election or the naming of ICC suspects.

The Standard On Saturday has exclusively established plans are under way for a secure interview between Gachoka and a high-ranking staffer at the Office of the Prosecutor. The development came hours after the former protocol officer complained of a “stony silence” from Ms Fatou Bensouda’s office in response to a letter he wrote ten days ago.

In the letter, dated August 1 and published as an advert in the media, Gachoka offered to provide evidence or testify as a witness, if necessary, to help the ICC “get the culprits behind the post-election violence”. It is not clear how his alleged evidence relates to either of the Kenya cases awaiting full trial at the ICC. “The information I hold is extremely prejudicial to some of the most powerful and influential personalities in Kenya,” Gachoka said, expressing fears he and his family were in danger. At a press conference in Nairobi on July 26, ICC officials confirmed they are still gathering evidence on “the Kenya situation”. On Thursday night, they reached out to Gachoka with a proposal on how he could provide the information safely.

The Hague-based court plans to hold two trials in April 2013 on PEV in Kenya, with four accused in the dock: The Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Eldoret North MP William Ruto, former Head of Public Service Francis Muthaura, and radio personality Joshua arap Sang.

This is not the first time KNCHR has been accused of removing certain names and even entire paragraphs from its report on post-election crimes.

Similar claims were made immediately after the release of the public version of the report. Following accusations of political interference, KNCHR chairperson Florence Jaoko explained that there were some omissions in the body of the report due to a rush to finish the job.

The Waki Commission accepted On The Brink of the Precipice, Final Report, dated August 15, 2008 into evidence as Exhibit 125 after considering KNCHR’s explanation in a closed session. All other versions of the document were embargoed.

A version given to journalists this week shows references to alleged incitement to violence a public gathering by a senior ODM official. Moreno-Ocampo has also been clear the ICC did not rely entirely on the Waki and KNCHR report or any of the other thousands of documents submitted to them.

Source: The Standard

  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.edstrom Paul Edstrom

     This is just hate that has been under the carpet. it is tru that raila lined people who hated him as his allies.

  • Eileen

    KENYANS WILL NEVER LEARN. WHAT WE ARE INTERESTED IN IS PEACE AND NOT BIG NAMES. AT THE END OF IT IT DOESNT HELP

  • Ombija85

    Is Tony Gachoka a political TOUT or a PROSTITUTE?

    The Kenyan DAILY POST
    Forum and discussion

    04:52

    Wednesday
    August 14, 2012 – First and foremost, check how a tout behaves when he
    has seen anybody at a bus stop, he will definitely rush to the person and grab
    anything the person is carrying. One funny thing is that the tout is always ready
    to wrestle out anybody passing near thinking he will lose the passenger.

    How does Gachoka behave like a prostitute?

    After
    securing a “customer”, the prostitute will tend to be harsh to other “girls”
    who are in the same trade. After conning Charity Ngilu and achieving nothing
    from her, he ditched her. Then switched to Prime Minister Raila Odinga. In this
    case, desperate Gachoka did not make much from it. One question a sound minded
    Kenyan can ask is, how can Raila rely on a political novice to work on
    political strategy?

    Was
    Gachoka superior than Musalia Mudavadi or Kenneth Marende? To shed more light,
    being a Chief of Protocol involves coordinating rallies only just like the
    ushers in churches who only oversee Sunday services and not the daily running
    of church matters.

    Of
    late, remarks by Tony, are politically instigated. He is a project who wants to
    use Uhuru’s euphoria to achieve a political mileage in order to salvage his
    dwindled economic status.

    Finally,
    Mr. Gachoka should understand that ODM is a party and not a person. The role
    played by ODM in PEV has not gone unpunished because William Ruto and Joshua Sang
    are facing trial in the ICC.

    So
    do you think Gachoka is a political tout or a prostitute?

    By a patriotic Kenyan

    • http://www.facebook.com/mnyore.joseph Mnyore Joseph

      that is a well argued idea…congrats

  • royao

    let truth prevail,we all know who called for mass action and the madoa doa term

    • http://www.facebook.com/mnyore.joseph Mnyore Joseph

      you must be so green how terminologies are used in the hand of law. Do you know what “mass-action” means? can you really specify in details what it means before you rush into the who?

      • royao

        what does it it mean Mr Know it all,i know they should have called for mass DEMONSTRATION but not ACTION….assuming those guys in kibera,mathare,kariobangi and most rural areas can differentiate the two!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mnyore.joseph Mnyore Joseph

    Raila should now learn from experience how to pick people to work with. some are always sent there to get something to use against him. Raila has been in politics for so long, I wonder why this simple principle of politics takes him time to learn. Gachoka should also know that the court of law will never let him go unscathed for the delay he caused Her (the court)