Uhuru: Kenya will run as we battle ICC charges

September 7, 2013 2:36 pm
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President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto arrive for the homecoming ceremony for Senator Kipchumba Murkomen (L) at Iten grounds in Elgeyo Marakwet County/PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto arrive for the homecoming ceremony for Senator Kipchumba Murkomen (L) at Iten grounds in Elgeyo Marakwet County/PSCU
NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 7 – President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto have expressed confidence that they will be acquitted of all charges when they go before the International Criminal Court.

President Kenyatta said they have nothing to fear and neither do Kenyans, “We will defend ourselves and we will make sure that we have cleared our names and that of Kenya. We know that with God on our side and the devil will be shamed.”

Deputy President Ruto, whose trial will commence first on Tuesday, reiterated President Kenyatta’s assurance that God will see them through.

“God will clear us of the false accusations that have been levelled against us. We therefore humbly request that you pray for us. I believe that when we go before the court and speak the truth, we shall shame the devil,” Ruto echoed.

President Kenyatta assured Kenyans that arrangements have been made to ensure that things run normally even when both he and Ruto are away at The Hague for their trials.

“It will be business as usual. There will be ample security. Kenyans will go about their business. Title deeds will be continue to be issued, the youth will be able to access the Uwezo funds and start up their businesses,” he declared.

“And I want to encourage you to continue farming so we can also have food security. We have nothing to fear. Let us move forward,” he said.

He also cautioned their political detractors against using their trials at The Hague as an excuse to stir animosity in the country and asked Kenyans to keep a level head.

“Do not let anybody threaten you. This is a free country. We will be able to govern from wherever we may be. The government will continue to function. Those who wish to instil fear among Kenyans should find another country in which to do so,” he said.

It emerged on Friday that both the President and his deputy will both be at The Hague for a month between November 12 and December 13 which would mean that they will miss the historic Jamhuri day on December 12 – a celebration of Kenya’s 50 years of independence.

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