Broke MPs locked out of Hague trip
14 January 2016, 12:49
Nairobi - It has emerged that a number of MPs who wanted to travel to the Hague to accompany Deputy President William Ruto were forced to cancel their plans after the government refused to foot their bill to the Netherlands.
Ruto is currently at the Hague where he has gone to the International Criminal Court ICC to seek the end of his Crimes Against Humanity charges.
Prior to the trip, there had been as many as 50 MPs who had sought to travel to the Hague to accompany Ruto, they even went as far as applying for Visas but it is understood that the plans fell apart at the last minute.
But according to reports the MPs failed to make it to the Hague after the government pulled the plug on paying for the trip.
" Plenty of leaders could not travel because the government failed to pay for the trip," a source at the Jubilee Coalition that did not want to be named told News24.
" There were many who had primed their hopes on being paid for the trip but it did not work out," the source added.
Read also: Why are Cabinet Secretaries at the Hague with Ruto?
Ruto left with a delegation of just over 10 leaders, including Cabinet Secretaries Charles Keter and Mwangi Kiunjuri.
Many MPs though could not afford to go, with the leader of majority in Parliament Aden Duale saying that all MPs had to pay for themselves.
" We have said that all those planning to go for the trip must pay themselves," he said from London.
Another reason for the government pulling the plug on the trip is that last time MPs made unnecessary scenes outside the ICC which Ruto's team did not want to take place seeing the delicate nature of the case.
" Last time some supporters of the DP got into an altercation with Police, which is not the message that they are trying to pass," the source added.
The DP is set to return from the Hague on Friday after the mention of his motion seeking to have the case against him and journalist Joshua Sang declared null and void over lack of evidence.
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