By Calvin Osiemo
International Criminal Court witness Meshack Yebei was laid to rest on Saturday in Uasin Gishu County at his Kaptebe home. However, to the surprise of many, there was no political leader who graced the occasion as earlier anticipated.
Yebei who is said to be have been a crucial witness in the case against Deputy President William Ruto at the Hague based court mysteriously disappeared in December 2014 and his body was later found at the Tsavo National Park on December 30, 2104.
George Cheboi, Yebei’s uncle expressed his disappointment on how the matter was being handled by police investigators and the absence of political leaders at the burial ceremony.
“The death of Meshack was not a normal death, reflecting the events that surrounded it. But we pray to God to show us the killers of our son. Why is it that no single politician has come here to mourn with us even those who claimed that Meshack was their witness when he disappeared last year?” he asked.
The disappearance of Yebei in December 2014 led to an outcry from his family and prompted human rights activists to call for investigations into the matter. Ruto’s defense team led by Karim Khan has asked the Director of Criminal Investigations to speed up the investigations into the disappearance and presumed death after a body suspected to be Yebei’s was found in River Yala in Nandi County last December.
The family said it has opted for a traditional way to solve the matter and bring to book the killers of Mr. Yebei. Lazarus Yebei, Yebei’s father, said Saturday marked 40 days after his son disappeared. He further went ahead to say that the murderers of his son will be revealed in the next forty days.
“In September last year, Meshack told me that some people were after his life, and when I was informed of his disappearance, I knew very well that we shall never find him alive”, said Rebecca, Yebei’s eldest sister.