, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 12 – Politicians are now asking the International Criminal Court (ICC) to withdraw the cases against President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto and journalist Joshua Sang arguing there is no evidence.
The leaders led by Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki, Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and over 10 MPs claimed the cases facing three are politically motivated and told ICC judges to stop wasting time and resources as the leaders travel from the country to the Hague-based court and vice versa.
“The ICC prosecutors had told the judges to postpone the cases until the next election so that they can look for an opportunity to lock the President and Deputy President out of the elections. This clearly demonstrates that these cases were politically motivated from the beginning,” Murkomen said.
“It has now become clear that ICC wants to use these cases to prevent our leaders from ascending to the presidency come the next General Election. This is why we want these cases terminated as soon as possible,” Murkomen added.
The leaders said they will not allow outsiders to intimidate and undermine the sovereignty of the people of Kenya and Africa in general, saying those who intended to use such cases for their own interests should know that their plans have already been exposed.
“The prosecution at the ICC says they have nothing to link President Uhuru Kenyatta to the post election violence while the witnesses say they had been coached to implicate the Deputy President and the journalist to the violence. Surely, it means they are clean and the judges have no option but to terminate theses cases,” Senator Kindiki said.
“We particularly sympathize with Mr Sang because he has lost his job and his children are still young. In fact we urge ICC to terminate his case if possible next week and then the rest can follow. This man is suffering,” Kindiki said.
The leaders were speaking during the official opening of Chesta Teachers Training College in Sigor constituency in West Pokot County.
Meanwhile Deputy President Ruto who attended the event focused on security, warning that the government will deal with perpetrators of cattle rustling among other criminal activities along the Kerio Valley.
He said the government has come up with programmes aimed at improving the people’s living standards including establishment of irrigation projects, learning institutions and development of infrastructure among other development projects.
“We want to change the narratives of this region among other areas from that of hunger, poverty and insecurity to that of productivity through investments in agriculture,” Ruto said.
He said leaders should be at the forefront in the war against insecurity occasioned by banditry and cattle rustling, noting that such outdated practices had greatly retarded development.