CORD MPs call on Uhuru to come clean over Ruto ICC fixing
07 October 2015, 15:21
Nairobi - A section
of the MPs in the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) have
claimed that President Uhuru Kenyatta masterminded the fixing of his
William Ruto at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
15 legislators from opposition led by the Orange Democratic Movement
(ODM) party chairman, John Mbadi asked President Kenyatta to come out
and prove his innocence
in fixing Ruto following the Gatundu South MP, Moses Kuria’s confessions
that ICC cases were only political witch-hunt.
warned Kuria against alleging that CORD leader, Raila Odinga is
responsible for fixing Ruto and hiring false witnesses to testify
against the Deputy President
at ICC yet the Gatundu South MP was Kenyatta’s employee who was used to
procure the witnesses.
has come for President Uhuru Kenyatta to be honest to his deputy. Uhuru
cannot be claim to be ignorant of what was being done by his own
employees and disciples;
Moses Kuria and Nancy Gitau. In Kuria’s own words, they even paid the
coached witnesses money,” said Mbadi.
that money given to them by their principal? It is tempting to conclude
that all these crimes against Ruto and radio present, Joshua Sang were
his directive. If that is not the case, Uhuru himself must come out and
clear the air,” he added.
maintained that Odinga did not engage in fixing Ruto in relation to the
2007/8 post-election violence because the deputy president was then
among Odinga’s five
point men in ODM and he was even appointed to represent the party in
negotiation talks that led to formation of the coalition government.
was our comrade in ODM and how could Odinga fix his own lieutenant at
ICC? Ties between Kuria and Kenyatta run deep. They hail from the same
worked Uhuru from 2008, the period during which he has confessed to have
participated in procuring witnesses to fix Ruto; all the way until he
became the Gatundu South MP,” said Mbadi.
claimed that The National Alliance (TNA) party’s controversial move of
giving Kuria a direct ticket for the Gatundu South by-election
thereafter Kenyatta prevailing
over other candidates to step down for Kuria’s unopposed election meant
to reward him.
all these favors from Uhuru, it comes out clear that the President felt
and acted as if he was heavily indebted to Kuria for some reason. In
2007 general elections, Kuria was a top campaigner for PNU presidential
candidate, Mwai Kibaki while doubling as Uhuru’s chief campaigner in
Gatundu South,” said Mbadi.
ODM chair despite Kuria confessing that he took part in criminal
practices of procuring, bribing and coaching false ICC witnesses, he is
yet to write a statement
with the Director of Public Prosecutions on grounds that he enjoys
protection from powerful government officials.
actions comprise crimes against the administration of justice and
against innocent citizens in both the ICC and national statutes in
Kenya. The failure to
take firm action, investigate and prosecute Kuria, Nancy Gitau, Mutea
Iringo among others is an indicator that they acted for and on behalf of
a Principal who is powerful and duty-bound to protect them,” said
Masaba MP, Timothy Bosire said the Jubilee coalition used the ICC issue
to win the 2013 general elections by spreading propaganda in their
campaigns that Odinga
masterminded the transfer of Kenyan post-election cases to The Hague.
is becoming increasingly clear that ICC was a political joke to benefit
a certain political wing as a weapon to win the 2013 general elections
and it is clear
the same Jubilee coalition is the same ICC issue as a strategy to win
the 2017 elections,” said Bosire.
MPs present at the press conference held at Parliament Buildings were
Peter Kaluma (Homa Bay Town), Millie Odhiambo (Mbita), Opiyo Wandayi
(Ugunja), Jared Opiyo
(Awendo), Oburu Oginga (nominated), Abdikadir Aden (Balambala) among
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