Murkomen wants Raila to apologize to Kenyans over Ruto’s ICC case
05 February 2015, 09:22
Nairobi – Elgeyo Marakwet Senator, Kipchumba Murkomen has asked former Prime Minster, Raila Odinga to apologize to Kenyans as his party was earlier opposed to the transfer of the ICC cases from The Hague.
Murkomen said Odinga distanced himself from the Deputy President, William Ruto, who was then an Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party member, after he was implicated in the 2007/8 post-election violence by the international criminal court.
He added that the former ODM’s Secretary General, Anyang’ Nyong’o went ahead to write a letter to the United Nations Security Council stating the party's stand on the issue.
“When I said Raila Odinga should witness in Ruto’s ICC case to prove his innocence in the post-election violence, I did not mean that he testifies in defense of his ODM party involvement in the chaos,” said Murkomen.
“I meant he has to apologize for all utterances he made against the transfer of Ruto’s ICC case from The Hague, his party’s letter to the UN Security Council for the cases to be heard at the ICC and if he offers himself as a witness in the case, he is to defend Ruto not ODM as a party,” he added.
The Elgeyo Marakwet Senator maintained that both Ruto and the former Kass FM radio presenter, Joshua Sang’ are not responsible for the post-election violence and that false evidence given at ICC proves their innocence in the chaos.
“It is very wrong for Ruto and Sang’ to carry all burdens of the post-election violence that happened in Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa and across the entire nation. The manner in which ICC has conducted the hearing of the cases also justifies the need to establish our own African court,” said Murkomen.
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He reiterated that the revelation of the ICC Prosecution office “coaching and bribing witnesses to testify in the case is shocking”, and that the Court only targets the African continent and to incriminate its leaders.
Since 11 countries have signed the Malabo Declaration in support of Kenya’s push for the set up of an Africa Court that will in return lead to withdrawal of all Africa countries from ICC, Murkomen expressed optimism that three additional countries will also sign to attain the minimum number of nations needed to establish the court.
“Africa is an able continent and there is no need to depend on a foreign international court to resolve our problems. An African court is an ultimate solution to our problems because it will be composed of a legal team that understands our cultures and faced challenges,” said Murkomen.
He further revealed that with the attainment of an African court, amendments will be made to the UN Security Council for the continent to “completely dissociate itself from a superpower five-State organization”, making their own decisions for adoption by other countries.
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