CORD MPs can escort Ruto ‘as tourists’ – Raila

September 4, 2013 3:11 pm
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Close to 50 Members of Parliament plan to travel to The Hague to join friends and relatives of Deputy President Ruto as the first trial for crimes against humanity committed after the 2007 elections kicks off/MIKE KARIUKI
Close to 50 Members of Parliament plan to travel to The Hague to join friends and relatives of Deputy President Ruto as the first trial for crimes against humanity committed after the 2007 elections kicks off/MIKE KARIUKI
NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 4 – The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy leader Raila Odinga says they will not bar any of their members from accompanying Deputy President William Ruto to the Hague where his trail is expected to begin next Tuesday.

Close to 50 Members of Parliament plan to travel to The Hague to join friends and relatives of Deputy President Ruto as the first trial for crimes against humanity committed after the 2007 elections kicks off.

Odinga told reporters that the coalition would give its stand on the motion to withdraw Kenya from the Rome Statute after a joint National Executive Council and Parliamentary Group meeting slated for Thursday.

“If someone wants to go to Hague, why should we tie someone’s hand from going to the Hague… what crime will that person be committing?” asked the former premier. “It will be like a tourist going to the Hague.”

The National Assembly is expected to hold a special sitting on Thursday afternoon to discuss a motion to withdraw Kenya from the Rome Statute that establishes the International Criminal Court.

At the same time, Odinga dismissed reports that CORD MPs were warming up to the government.

“No one is ditching us at all. We have said that our members are free to talk to government officials… that is democracy,” he added. “But they know the party position on specific issues and that it usually very clear.”

This comes days after Coast MPs allied to the opposition endorsed a working relationship with President Uhuru Kenyatta after he presented 60,000 title deeds to area residents.

The former PM is also reported to be losing the support of the Kisii community which immensely voted for him in the March 4 presidential election. The community accused the CORD leadership of disrupting a funeral mass held at Gusii Stadium in July for students who died in a bus crash.

Community leaders from the Abagusii community MPs led by Richard Onyonka, Jimmy Angwenyi among others said they will cooperate with the Jubilee administration.

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