Opposition leader Raila Odunga last week threatened to report Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for allegedly planning assassinations of top opposition leaders.
Raila had alleged that Gachagua sent police officers who he claimed fired eleven bullets at his car during mass protests on March 27 and 30.
“Gachagua is an accused person, this coming week, we are taking his name to ICC, he said that he wanted to finish me once and for all,” Raila said.
However, the deputy president on Wednesday, April 19, dismissed Raila’s threats saying they will not go anywhere.
The second in command claimed that he was “defending his boss”, which “does not amount to crimes against humanity”.
“Azimio is threatening to report me at The Hague, I don’t know how defending your boss can be a crime against humanity. They have been in the streets for many years they don’t even think well,
“How can defending your boss and his programs become a crime to be reported at the Hague,” Gachagua said.
Gachagua said if Raila sends a letter to ICC, the letter will be sent back to the sender adding that the opposition seems not to understand how the international court works.
Kivumbi.co.ke understands that last week, Raila’s Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party wrote to the Dutch-based Court asking it to open investigations into the political situation in the country.
Raila through his lawyer Paul Mwangi cited nine issues including targeted attacks on protesters, the opposition, and journalists.
He accused President William Ruto of forming rogue police through the National Police Service mainly to inflict injuries and even kill its supporters during peaceful protests.
“The squads are reported to be dressed in plain clothes to operate outside the normal command structure and to take direction directly from select commanders appointed for that purpose by Japheth Koome,” the letter read in part.