Uhuru criticises New York Times over ICC accusatons
24 June 2016, 17:52
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta has blasted the New York Times for trying to tarnish his reputation over the trial at the ICC.
Read statement here
The ICC prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, terminated the case against
President Uhuru Kenyatta because, by her own admission, she did not have
sufficient evidence to secure a conviction.
This admission came
too late and was accompanied by an intense propaganda effort to
prejudice, profile and libel President Kenyatta in the eyes and minds of
the global public so as to rob him of his overdue vindication.
campaign has not relented. We are now seeing desecrable screeds carried
by renowned publications, bearing the most incompetent conjecture and
The New York Times continues its steady
descent into the murky, rancid morass of gutter press and has abandoned
all pretence of journalistic decency in pursuit of the Prosecutor's
Relying on the fanciful accounts of unreliable
individuals, discarding all attempts at balance and fairness, the Times
plies a malicious, vindictive and unprofessional article on the ICC
It is advancing the self-serving and deluded notions of
Luis Ocampo, a man whose understanding of the Rome Statute is slippery,
and whose appreciation of the legal mandate of the ICC and the Office of
the Prosecutor is subordinate to a strong penchant for the extraneous.
delusions are fortified by an appeal to believe the accounts of one of
Africa's most vicious, murderous and terrifying organised criminal
syndicates against a demonstrably upstanding leader of integrity.
we have New York Times canvassing the exclusive point of view of a
menagerie wholly unsuited to the purposes of truth, justice and
accountability, and essentially suppressing a credible side vindicated
by due process and entirely blameless.
Whom did the paper contact
at State House? Why did they not interview Dennis Itumbi, despite
making reference to him? Is the truth on PEV going to be dictated by
The robust canvassing of the Kenyan cases in the media underscores two important points.
compared to the decidedly tepid effort in the pre-Trial and Trial
Chambers, the OTP has shown extraordinary capability in the media
At the ASP and in global media, OTP has invested disproportionate time, effort and resources.
goes to prove our initial thesis that from the beginning, the Kenyan
cases were never intended for adjudication in court. Rather, they were
part of some externally orchestrated sequence of illegitimate political
We leave it to the court of world opinion to observe what the ICC is really about.