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Muthaura: Never punish an innocent person

25 March 2013, 16:31 Kelvin Mureithi

Njuri Ncheke council of elders and Mt. Kenya East leaders’ request to have the Former Head of Public Service Francis Muthaura reinstated to his position on Friday hit a snag after he publicly denounced that he wished to spend his later life in consultancy.

Speaking during the thanks giving ceremony organised by Njuri Ncheke elders on Friday at Nchiru Shrines in Tigania West District of Meru County, Muthaura said he will be ready to give consultative support to the new government to ensure the country develops to greater heights.

He said he was unwilling to accept any full time appointment that would be offered after his acquittal by the ICC.

“There is no time for one to retire from active public service,” said Muthaura.

He said he was ready to forgive those whom he claimed had forged the case against him.

'Never punish an innocent person'

“I feared the political unfolding would influence the outcome of the case but thanks, I was acquitted. Never should we punish an innocent person although crime must not be tolerated,” said Muthaura.

He appealed for the unity of the Meru Community challenging the elected government to ensure the country remains peaceful so that no citizen feels like an outsider.

Meanwhile, the leaders from the three counties of Embu, Tharaka-Nithi and Meru led by senators elect Lenny Kivuti (Embu) and Kiraitu Murungi (Meru) pledged for unity in their community.

The leaders asked Kenyans to pray for the other ICC suspects exuding confidence that they would face similar outcome like Muthaura.

The leaders had appealed for the government to reinstate him to the position he held before or any other respectable position in government.

“The ICC had no legal foundation. It only followed a specific political agenda. We are praying even the remaining three will be set free soon since the real culprits are scot-free. We are asking the government to give back Muthaura his job immediately,” said Kiraitu.

“The ICC is highly facing a lot of foreign influence just to make Africans suffer; we have no trust in ICC and pray that others will also be set free since we are sure that they are innocent,” said Munya.

Muthaura was later cleansed by the elders amid prayers from different religious denominations across the region.

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