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Ruto hopeful of 'similar' ICC fate to Uhuru

09 October 2014, 17:57 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Deputy President William Ruto is hopeful that he will be able to chart a similar path to that of President Uhuru Kenyatta at the ICC.

According to analysts and his defence team, president Kenyatta's case is on its deathbed and even if he will not be acquitted in two weeks time when the judges decide on the way forward for his trial, the feeling is that his is a matter of when rather than if.

For Ruto though, it is different.

His case has already gone to trial and witnesses have testified already. Then there is the matter of journalist Walter Barasa, who has been charged with interfering with witnesses in his trial. He has had a warrant of arrest issued.

As is stands, his will be a more complicated case as he admitted Thursday during  the welcome back parade for Uhuru in Nairobi.

" Even if it takes 20 years, we will clear with it," he said of his predicament.

In the Rift Valley, where he is the undisputed kingpin, there is hope that he too will be relieved the way Uhuru seems to be.

Read also: Uhuru ICC mockery borne out of frustration

Speaking to common folk in Eldoret, the feeling is that there will be salvation for Ruto.

" He will be fine. We can see it coming. The lord is with him and he is protected by his blood. He too will come back to us, Chrispinus Korir, a pastor at a local church said.

Opinion though is varied, with experts seeing it a different way.

" His will go on and on as it looks and his supporters will have to be very patient," Johnston Mwale, a political analyst in the region says.

" In his case, the prosecution actually has some case, which is different to that of Uhuru, so his supporters will be urged to be patient," he added.

That will be then.

For now, the Rift Valley is a united front behind the combined force that is Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto. For now, all is well.

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