Adrian Blomfield the correspondent for UK leading newspapers the Telegraph and Economist shared secret conversatins he had with the late Kenyan Human Rights Activist Ken Wafula about Rwanda Genocide financier and mastermind Felicien Kabuga.
Felicien Kabuga was arrested in Paris, France last week after 26 years on the run.
Ken Wafula, who was stationed in the North Rift Valley town died in January 2018 suddenly. He was suffering from high blood pressure and diabetes. Wafula, until his death, was the director of Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (CHRD).
A few hours after Kabuga was arrested Adrian Blomfield shared how Ken Wafula had told him that Kabuga was hiding in Eldoret town. Mr Blomfield through a Twitter thread wrote the following:
Before he died, Ken Wafula told me that Felicien Kabuga was hiding out in Eldoret, where he allegedly owned a shopping centre. He said he was being protected by Kenyan intelligence and a certain prominent Kalenjin politician.
He told me that Meshack Yebei has called him shortly before Yebei’s murder to say he knew where Kabuga was hiding and he proposed Yebei and Wafula work together to report Kabuga’s whereabouts to the US embassy and then split the $5m reward.
Wafula said no because he was afraid. Following the murder of journalist William Gichuki, who was trying to trace Kabuga, he said a delivery man who accidentally knocked on Kabuga’s door in Eldoret, mistaking it for another house, was also murdered.
He claimed that Kabuga received regular treatment for his diabetes at a military hospital in Nakuru because he had been given a secret identity in the KDF as a colonel. He said that Kabuga often went to kisumu because he needed sunshine and he would go disguised as a woman. He said that both the murder of Yebei and Eldoret Mirror editor John Kituyi May have been connected to Kabuga – though both might also have been connected to a political sponsored attempt to silence ICC witnesses.
As I have said before, it is possible that Wafula was just a conspiracy theorist. Arrest of Kabuga might give credence to that. But we cannot put this to him because Ken Wafula died in January, 2018 a few months after my conversation with him in his Eldoret office.
In the years after the International Criminal Court (ICC) issue was hot, Wafula was acussed of fixing Deputy President William Ruto and radio host Joshua Arap Sang to the International Criminal Court. Accusations he vehemently denied.
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 Wafula at the time.
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