Ruto should carry his own ICC cross, says Wetangula
02 February 2015, 14:14
Nairobi - Deputy President William Ruto should carry his own cross in the ICC cases and not drag Kenya as a country into it, CORD principal Moses Wetangula has said.
The government has taken its anti ICC war to a continental level, pushing for support from other countries to have the continent withdraw from the Rome statutes.
The move has everything to do with Ruto still being at the Hague despite being in office and second in rank in government.
The government thus presented a list of demands it wanted ratified by the AU last week during the annual summit in Addis Ababa, some of which have been supported by fellow African states.
The Jubilee coalition is also seeking parliamentary legislation to pull Kenya out of the Rome statutes, a move that Wetangula says is lacking in priority from the government.
He says that the ICC is a personal matter for Ruto and the government should thus not drag Kenyans into a matter that they do not deserve and is non of their business.
" The ICC case is a personal matter for Ruto and should be handled like that. It is unfortunate to see government machinery being used to clear his name," he said.
" The president himself called it a personal matter when he was still a suspect. Why is it then that the government is looking to pull Kenyans into a matter that is not of their making?", he further asked.
The government last week accused the ICC of sponsoring terrorism in the country, an accusation that Wetangula says is not well placed.
" Why would they make such accusations on behalf of Kenyans? They were speaking as a government. Do Kenyans feel the same? They should speak on their personal behalf," he added.
The government is keen to pull the country out of the Rome Statutes, as it insists that the ICC court is oppressive to the African continent.
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