ICC intended to shame us, claims Kenyatta
09 October 2014, 16:33
Nairobi – President Uhuru Kenyatta has said the ICC Trial Chamber’s summon to attend the status conference of his case at Hague intended to humiliate the nation’s sovereignty.
Kenyatta held that his presence at the court was meaningless because his lawyers were answerable for all the queries the prosecution and judges sought clarification for.
“You all remember a few weeks ago some people were making decisions for us to go to Hague and they only intended to shame our country,” said Kenyatta.
“I even wondered what I went to do there because I remained silent all the hours. This country’s sovereignty was attained through shedding of blood and we will protect it. That’s why I could not put the country’s 40 million people on trial at Hague to solve my personal matter but we will not allow them (ICC) to make decisions on what this country should do,” he added during his address to the public at his Harambee House's office.
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Kenyatta insisted that the Country is ready to collaborate with other nations and organizations but warned that the partnership should be in line with Kenya’s set agendas.
He cautioned citizens against being divided along ethnic lines by politicians and added that the country’s economic growth can only be realized through unity and embracing the spirit of nationalism.
“Tribal and political divisions are a major problem whose solution is through unity. Let’s us not be divided through past politics of divide and rule of some of our leaders politicking every day. We should continue pursuing that road of economic development through unity,” said Kenyatta.
The President challenged other leaders to trust their workmates in job delegation saying it creates good working relationship in serving citizens.
“Why should I fear my brother (Deputy President) we are working together to take over my position when I am not around? Let’s learn to trust each other,” said Kenyatta.
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The Deputy President, William Ruto called on the Kenyatta to remain committed in delivering the Jubilee manifesto especially the improvement of infrastructure for effective and efficient transport, reduction of prices of essential goods and proper health services.
“These Kenyans want the rail and road projects to go on, the cost of electricity to go down, funds for students to be increased and free maternity services to our mothers to go on,” said Ruto.
“Those who said your ICC case is a personal matter can now see it is a personal matter to millions of Kenyans who have left their work to welcome you,” he added.
Ruto said the government will continue working for Kenyans for them to make informed decision on whether to re-elect them or the opposition in 2017.
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