, NAIROBI, Kenya Dec 15 – The Head of Civil Service and Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Muthaura has termed ICC charges against him as unjustified and unfair.
Mr Muthaura addressed a press conference on Wednesday afternoon soon after his name was mentioned by the International Criminal Court Prosecutor at The Hague and downplayed the claims levelled against him.
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"The suggestion that I have done anything to warrant criminal investigation is manifest nonsense!" he protested.
"I thoroughly repudiate any suggestions that I have engaged in any activity that gives rise to responsibility under the Rome Statute of ICC," he added.
Mr Muthaura, a career diplomat and civil servant said Wednesday’s announcement by Mr Ocampo amounted to unwarranted slur to his reputation and was both unfair and unjustified.
He said that he was a reputable individual, responsible and humble servant of the Kenyan people.
The truth will prevail in the end; I have never committed any crime. The prosecutor has a clear duty under the Rome Statute to "investigate incriminatory and exonerating circumstances equally."
He claimed the ICC prosecutor had failed to conduct conclusive investigations saying that Mr Ocampo had never even contacted him to get his side of the story.
"Despite this he has not contacted me or sought an account from me. He has not even tried and that’s a concern to me," he said. "I am absolutely innocent of any wrongdoing and I am presumed innocent by virtue of Article 66 of the Rome Statute. I wait to see what the Judiciary of the ICC makes of the prosecutor’s application."
Mr Muthaura however said he would cooperate with the ICC, but insisted that the allegations were "manifest nonsense."
"Hopefully they will dismiss his application. In the event that they do decide to issue summons, I will voluntarily attend The Hague and respect any request the judges of the ICC have of me," he said.
ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said he was requesting summonses for Mr Muthaura, Eldoret North MP William Ruto, Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Industrialisation Minister Henry Kosgey, and former Police Commissioner Mohammed Hussein Ali as well as radio presenter Joshua arap Sang of KASS FM radio.