, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 5 – An elated President Uhuru Kenyatta could not withhold his joy after receiving the early Christmas gift when International Criminal Court Prosecutor withdrew charges against him on Friday afternoon.
The Presidential Strategic Communication Unit tweeted that President Kenyatta was eager to share the news.
“I am very keen to run to my wife @FirstLadyKenya right now and tell her what is happening” #Vindicated,” the tweet read.
President Kenyatta was among six Kenyans initially summoned to appear before the Pre-Trial Chamber of the ICC on March 2011 as indirect co-perpetrators of the 2008 Post Election Violence in Kenya.
Charges against former Police Commissioner Hussein Ali and former Industrialisation Minister Henry Kosgey were dropped during the confirmation of hearings charges in 2011.
In March 2013, charges against former Head of Civil Service Francis Muthaura were dropped leaving Kenyatta as the only accused person who implemented a ‘joint common plan’ during the attacks in Naivasha and Nakuru in Kenya Case II.
However, the case against Kenyatta faced major hurdles as the prosecution on several occasions adjourned his trial dates.
The first trial date was set for October 2013.
On December 19, 2013 Bensouda requested the judges to vacate the date to February 5, 2014 after she said she did not have adequate evidence but requested for more time to put it together.
She further made another application with pronouncements of lack of evidence and made a similar request to be given more time to gather her evidence.
On December 23, Bensouda again told the ICC judges that she did not have evidence to sustain charges against Kenyatta but accused the Government of Kenya failing to cooperate in submitting evidence to her office.
On October, 2014, President Kenyatta was summoned to be present at the ICC during a status conference to review his case.
He travelled to the court as an ordinary citizen and appointed his Deputy William Ruto to hold brief for him in his absence.
Whereas some advisers had told him not to go, legal minds shared views that failure to go would give the ICC something to hang on as it would declare him as a wanted person.