23 November 2012

Kenya: TNA Attacks Mutula Over Uhuru Speech

UHURU Kenyatta's TNA party yesterday attacked the Education minister Mutula Kilonzo as primitive and of questionable integrity.

"Mutula has been struggling for the last five years to ensure Uhuru is not on the ballot. But thank God his wishes are just mere wishes," TNA secretary general Onyango Oloo told the media yesterday.

On Wednesday Mutula told Uhuru and Eldoret North MP Ruto to finish their cases at the Hague before running for president.

He was speaking at Sultan Hamud town on the Nairobi-Mombasa highway while campaigning for the Makueni senate with assistant Agriculture minister Gedion Ndambuki and Wiper MPs Peter Kiilu and Prof Philip Kaloki.

Mutula said it was wrong for the two to run for the presidency if they face charges of crime against humanity. "If either of them is elected president and I secure the Makueni senate seat, I will move a motion in the senate for their impeachment," Mutula said.

He added that it was against the spirit of the new constitution for Kenyans to be ruled by suspected criminals. Mutula warned that Kenya risks international isolation if Uhuru and Ruto are elected.

He said their election would lead to suffering for millions of Kenyans. Oloo said the minister ignored the presumption of innocence until conviction.

"Mutula's comments are disturbing and primitive coming from a senior lawyer," he said. "Mutula must clear himself from allegations of tax evasion during the Kanu regime and cannot qualify to lecture to the nation on integrity issues," said Oloo. Mutula said Kenyans should not be naive and vote for suspects simply because they were from their own community.

He added that, when he was Justice minister, he led a delegation to the Hague seeking a deferral but it was rejected by MPs including William Ruto.

"They told us not to be vague, let's go to the Hague. Now they are making an about turn now seeking for a deferral which is not possible at this juncture," Mutula said.

In his almost three years as Justice minister, Mutula repeatedly said that politicians charged at the ICC should not be able to stand for elective office. He narrowly escaped a censure motion but was replaced as Justice minister on March 27.

"They will threaten you; harass you and intimidate you but implement this document (Constitution)... it's the future. Do not accept the harassment, the political mandarins and the gods of tribalism. Be firm, at least you are lucky that you belong to the G7 alliance, maybe you will have a smooth ride," Mutula told his successor Eugene Wamalwa as he left.

On Wednesday, Mutula said Uhuru and Ruto had belittled Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka while he was negotiating with the G7 leadership even though Kalonzo was more senior than them.

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