Ruto retains poise ahead of ICC ruling

January 19, 2012 1:24 pm

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 19 – Former Cabinet Minister William Ruto has urged Kenyans to remain calm in light of the upcoming decision by the International Criminal Court (ICC) that will determine whether or not he, alongside five other suspects, have a case to answer over their alleged role in the deadly 2008 post election violence.

Ruto who addressed journalists in Nairobi on Thursday said he expected the war crimes court to deliver justice, adding that there was no need for anxiety.

He instead asked Kenyans to focus on the country’s bid for national healing and reconciliation saying it would foster cohesion as the country prepares for the next general elections.

The Eldoret North MP has been cited for his alleged role in crimes against humanity including murder, forced evictions of populations and persecution.

“Many political leaders and experts have pronounced their diverse interpretations and expectations which are as varied as their numbers. The decision to be delivered is part of the due process of law and like a river it must take its course,” he said.

“We all expect the wheels of justice to be reasonable and fair,” he stressed.

Ruto also maintained that he would remain in the race for the country’s presidency saying he was presumed innocent until proven guilty.

He also challenged Kenyans not to speculate about the court’s decision further criticising assertions by Constitutional Affairs Minister Mutula Kilonzo that he and Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta should not get clearance from the electoral commission to seek the presidency.

“The constitutional provision of presumption to innocence is at the very top of the Bill of Rights so you will have to weigh that against suspicion of what might have happened. But we will deal with the situation as it will be when we know the outcome,” he argued.

Ruto however declined to share his expectations on the court’s decision saying he would make his position known after the outcome.

“My personal expectations won’t influence the outcome of the case; let’s just wait,” he said.

Kilonzo had argued that the Constitution placed a high credibility threshold on both public and State officers and automatically locked Ruto and Kenyatta out of the presidential race.

Kilonzo said that the court process, if confirmed, would demean the integrity of the top office should they succeed in getting it.

“This is not about theft or cutting Mutula’s trees or stealing his paintings; it is not a traffic offense. If these charges are confirmed it will mean that they are indicted on a charge of international crime against humanity,” argued the Justice Minister in an interview with Capital News on Tuesday.

Other than Ruto and Kenyatta, Head of Civil Service Francis Muthaura, Tinderet MP Henry Kosgey, Post Master General Hussein Ali and radio personality Joshua arap Sang are also facing possible indictment by the ICC.

If the cases against the six Kenyans are confirmed and they go to trial, they will be required to attend all the hearings at The Hague in person.


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