Leaders praise Uhuru over difficult ICC decision
06 October 2014, 19:35
Nairobi - Political leaders have praised president Uhuru Kenyatta's decision to attend his trial at the International Criminal Court ICC.
The president has decided to travel to the Hague for the trial to fulfill his obligation to the charges against humanity triual on his hands at the International Criminal Court.
He has thus stepped down as president to allow him travel to the ICC as a normal citozen and the move has been praised by several leaders for its brevity.
Majority leader in the National Assembly Aden Duale said that the president's act was symbolic of his great personality.
" He is a true gentleman and a great leader. This act proves that he is a nationalist and that he has the country's true interests at heart, he said.
" I thank him for the act of brevity and wish him all the best and my prayers in his trip, he added.
George Kegoro, executive director of the Kenyan chapter of the
International Commission of Jurists, lauded the president for following
the rule of law.
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" It is a good move for the president to move forward and agree to head to the ICC as administered by law. It will set a good example in future," he added.
Lawyer and former politician Gitobu Imanyara also had kind words for the president.
"If he had refused it would have
destroyed our economy. The economy would not have recovered during his
tenure," he said.
Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko called the move to head to the ICC the sign of a true statesman.
" He is a true statesman. He has shown us his true colours and we will support him to the end, he said, sporting a haircut that read "Free our president".
There was no official statement from the opposition following the decision but they had previously called on the president to travel to the Hague as it was a personal matter.
" The president must not put the country at ransom for his personal matters. We urge that he fulfill his obligation to the country and travel, the opposition CORD coalition said following the announcement by the ICC that Kenyatta needed to attend the trial in person.
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