Khalwale urges Uhuru to attend ICC trial
21 October 2013, 10:32
Kakamega - Kakamega Senator, Bonny Khalwale, challenged President Uhuru Kenyatta to attend his trial for crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The challenge comes amid sentiments from local political blocs for the head of state to skip trial amid allegations The Hague-based court was targeting African leaders over trumped up charges.
Among these are the Southern African Development Community leaders who met recently to discuss the ICC’s stance.
Nonetheless Khalwale maintained the law must take its course.
“If indeed Uhuru, you are the President of 42 million Kenyans, then attend the trial and clear your name,” said the tough talking Khalwale while marking the Mashujaa Day celebrations in Kakamega.
His challenge came amid Deputy President William Ruto missing the Mashujaa Day celebration due to the ongoing cases at The Hague.
The celebration was the first under the Jubilee government and was presided over by President Kenyatta.
Ruto joined other Kenyans in Brussels Belgium in marking the celebrations as he a waited the commencement of his trial on Monday.
Ruto’s case is later scheduled to take a break to allow commencement of President Kenyatta’s trial.
The ICC granted the President’s wish to attend some of the court proceedings after intense pressure from the Africa Union.
Kenyatta and Ruto are confident the ICC will absolve them of any wrongdoing in the mayhem that left scores dead and thousands displaced during the chaotic 2007/08 elections.
– CAJ News