Uhuru, Ruto to await ICC verdict from city hotel

January 22, 2012 1:11 pm


NAIROBI, Kenya Jan 22 – Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and Eldoret North Member of Parliament William Ruto will be having a lunch meeting at a Nairobi hotel on Monday where they will watch television to see International Criminal Court judges issue a ruling on their alleged involvement in planning the 2007 poll chaos.

Sources have told Capital News that several MP’s have been invited to the tense luncheon which will be graced by Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka.

Text messages were sent to some MP’s Sunday inviting them to the lunch meeting to “monitor and deliberate together on the ICC verdict.”

“His Excellency The Vice President, The DPM and Finance Minister and Hon. William Ruto will be present. I look forward to seeing you then. Have a blessed Sunday,” the text message sent by Government Chief Whip Johnson Muthama reads in part.

We have deliberately concealed the venue of this meeting.

Kass FM radio presenter Joshua Arap Sang on Sunday told journalists he will report to office as usual during Monday’s judgment day.

“Tomorrow I will wake up as usual, I will go work and I will be with my lawyers somewhere waiting for the verdict and from there we will be able to know the way forward after knowing what they have decided,” he said after attending a church service at the AIC Milimani in Nairobi.

Radio presenter Joshua arap Sang who is among six Kenyan personalities suspected by the ICC of financing and organising the 2008 post election violence, believes that the courts will clear him when they make their ruling on Monday.

Sang told journalists that he is confident that the Pre-Trial Chamber judges will find that he did not play any role in the drama.

Sang said;” It’s my strong believe that tomorrow I will be vindicated; I will be a freeman, out of these tags and calls of Ocampo Six. I will be none of them from tomorrow”

Sang claimed that the ICC Prosecutor’s Office had written to his station requesting copies of audio transcripts.

“Which makes me wonder on what grounds where they charging me on when they summoned us there. I believe tomorrow I will be free,” he said

Reports indicate that another accused person Tinderet MP Henry Kosgey will not make any public appearance tomorrow but he has said he will be in Nairobi.

Head of Public Service Francis Muthaura and former police commissioner Hussein Ali have not indicated where they will be when the judges will be delivering the ruling from 1.30 pm tomorrow.

Sources said it will be a normal working day for Muthaura.

The six are eagerly waiting to know their fate in the much publicised verdict due to be issued by the ICC judges at 1.30 pm [Kenyan time] Monday.

The war crimes judges are expected to either confirm charges – fully or partially -against some or all the suspects; ask for additional evidence or drop the charges facing them altogether.

ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo accuses the six of planning or funding the chaos that stemmed from a presidential election dispute, leading to the deaths of some 1, 300 people and displaced of nearly half a million others.

The dispute was later mediated by former UN chief Kofi Annan who brokered a power sharing agreement between incumbent President Mwai Kibaki who retained his position and Raila Odinga who took up the newly created Prime Minister’s position in a coalition government.


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