NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 30 – Eldoret North Member of Parliament William Ruto says his innocence over the 2008 post election violence will come out in due time.
Speaking just before jetting out of the country to attend the confirmation of charges hearing set to start on Thursday, the legislator said that the allegations against him were false.
He pointed out that the hearings will give him an opportunity to clear his name.
“I am amazed by the extent to which falsehoods and conspiracies can go that I now have to make several trips to Europe and back not to look for investors for my constituency or country but to try and put the record straight against the falsehoods that have been brought against me,” he said.
He urged Kenyans not to concentrate so much on what was happening at The Hague but to focus more on a positive agenda.
“As I do that, I would like to ask my fellow countrymen to stay the course (and) have their eye on the ball on the challenges that plague us as a country,” he encouraged.
He however asked them to pray for him as he goes about his defence.
“I want to thank my children who have promised to pray for me and my family members and millions of other Kenyans who have prayed for us and they continue to pray for us. We are touched that many citizens across the country are praying for us,” he said.
Tinderet MP Henry Kosgey is expected to leave for the Netherlands on Tuesday night for the same hearings before the International Criminal Court’s Pre Trial Chamber.
Radio presenter Joshua arap Sang who left the country on the weekend, expressed confidence that the case against him would fail, since the allegations were false.
The hearings are scheduled to last until September 12.
Deputy PM Uhuru Kenyatta, Head of Civil Service Francis Muthaura and Post Master General Mohammed Hussein Ali will also be travelling to The Hague for their confirmation of charges hearings, which kick off on September 21.
In the meantime, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court will on Tuesday deliver a ruling on the appeal submitted by the Kenyan Government against a decision by Pre-Trial Chamber II regarding its challenge to the admissibility of the cases of the Ocampo six.
The Pre-Trial Chamber II had rejected an applications by the government, challenging the admissibility of two cases, invoking the principle of complementarity between the ICC and the national judicial systems.
According to Pre-Trial Chamber II, in the absence of information which substantiates the Government’s challenge that there are ongoing investigations against the suspects, the cases were admissible.