NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 15 – The Director of Political Affairs in the office of the President Joshua Kutuny on Thursday urged elected members of the Jubilee Coalition to stop the blame game over who fixed Deputy President William Ruto to face charges at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
In a statement, Kutuny said it is unnecessary for the leaders to continue shifting blame over who fixed Ruto and calling for their resignation from the government since the matter was already before court.
“The matters before The Hague-based court are indeed sensitive in nature and my office hereby wishes to urge all leaders to desist from discussing or commenting on the submissions being made at the trials,” he asserted.
According to him, the remarks are ill-advised and risk threatening the unity of the Jubilee Coalition.
Kutuny reminded members of the coalition that when President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ruto formed the coalition they were aware of the challenges they would face in dealing with the ICC cases.
He advised the Jubilee members to refrain from unnecessary infighting amongst themselves since both Kenyatta and Ruto are not involved in the ongoing bickering.
“I therefore urge all leaders to restrain from creating bad blood and desist from issuing unverified statements that will trigger anxiety in the Jubilee government. Let it be understood that there is no infighting within the Jubilee government as we lead the effort to ensure unity and peaceful co-existence of the Kenyans,” Kutuny advised.
He further urged the members to concentrate on uniting Kenyans and working hard to deliver the pledges the coalition made to Kenyans before the March election.
“As leaders, political differences notwithstanding, we should strive to advocate for the unity of the country and strengthen the coalition in a bid to accelerate the implementation of the pre-election pledges that the governing alliance made to Kenyans during the campaigns,” he said.
On Thursday, Ruto said it did not matter who plotted to fix him at the ICC and urged members of his coalition to stay united and committed on delivering the Jubilee manifesto.
Dramatic comments between Ruto’s lawyer Karim Khan QC and Interior Principal Secretary Mutea Iringo ensued after Ruto’s lawyers said he was fixed by people who served in former President Mwai Kibaki’s regime.
In response, Iringo wrote a letter to Khan saying he did not fix Ruto.
Kericho Senator Charles Keter sparked off the debate when he called for the dismissal of the officials implicated fixing the DP.
The remarks have since resulted in a big political debate that even found its way into Parliament.