, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 6 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has begun his eagerly awaited address to Parliament.
The president has made reference to the threats of terrorism facing Kenya and the world as a whole.
He has spoken of the suffering citizens have faced.
He says building of new roads and infrastructure have improved the lives of Kenyans.
The President says after more than two decades, Kenya made history by negotiating a new Constitution and re-organised the government.
He says given experience with the International Criminal Court, many have asked why Kenya rushed to be part of it.
He says after the violence that followed the 2007 disputed elections, there was reconciliation.
He says he and William Ruto sought votes five years after that chaos and after assuming leadership, undertook the rehabilitation and restoration of those affected by the violence.
The President says he is committed to ensuring Kenyans never endure such tribulations.
President Kenyatta says he watched in disbelief as he was indicted over the violence at The Hague based court.
He says his conscience remains clear and will remain to be clear that he innocent of all the allegations levelled against him.
The Head of State says the prosecution has told the court time and again that she has no evidence to sustain charges against him.
He says expected the matter dropped for lack of evidence but the prosecutor turned to Kenya to prove its case.
In compliance with court orders, he has not interfered with the prosecutors dealings with the government.
Any information sought has been given and he has cooperated with the prosecutor to establish the truth.
President Kenyatta recalls that the AU recommended that his trial and that of William Ruto be suspended until they complete their terms in office.
He says the push to defend sovereignty is not unique to Kenya or Africa.
He says he remains grateful for Africa’s support during the process.
He says his administration has begun implementing the constitution with fervour.
As it, is, the government has its hands full fighting poverty, regional conflict and terrorism to be able to occupy itself with anything else.
He says his regime will put the nation’s interest first.
He has chosen not to put 40 million Kenyans in trial,
He is not attending the status conference as the President of Kenya but as an individual.
To protect the sovereignty of Kenya, he has invoked the Constitutional provision and appoints Ruto as acting President as he attends status conference in the Netherlands.
Pleads for Kenyans to understand his decision.
You can watch the live streaming at www.capitalfm.co.ke/tv/stream/presidentialaddress