1 February 2013

Kenya: Uhuru Wants His ICC Case Heard to the End

Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta has said he would not want the ICC to drop his charges he wins the presidency in March 4.

Uhuru, the Jubilee presidential candidate, said he wants the court to conclude the charges. He said he will prove that he played no role in the 2007/8 post-election violence in which 1,333 people lost their lives and 650,000 displaced.

He was addressing the Hindu Community at Visha Oshwal Temple in Nairobi yesterday. Uhuru was with his running mate William Ruto, who is also facing the charges at The Hague. He said he is innocent and is confident that he will be cleared of the crimes against humanity charges.

"My conscience is very clear, I did nothing wrong during the period as I was not one of the antagonist. I vied for MP in Gatundu South and the election was concluded without any incident," he said.

A few weeks ago, Uhuru said President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga should have been charged at The Hague because they are the ones who were fighting for presidency.

Answering questions from some of the Asians who hosted him after being cleared by IEBC on Wednesday as Jubilee torch bearer, Uhuru said it would be absurd for the international community to slap sanctions against Kenya if Jubilee wins the March 4 polls.

Uhuru said countries which are slapped with sanctions are those which have defied the UN's security council. "I and my running mate Ruto were not refered to ICC by the security council. We went there by ourselves and those spreading rumours that Kenya will be slapped with sanctions then do not understand international law," he said.

"Before, Kenya was slapped with sanctions because of the single-party rule," he said adding that leaders who seize power through a coup are the ones which are punished by the internal community.

Uhuru said the country will run normally even when they will be required to be before the court in person because they do not appear before judges on the same date.

"If Ruto could be there today, I would around running the affairs of the country. When he comes back, he takes charge as I go and defend myself," he said.

Besides appearing on different dates, he said Kenya has "one of the best administrative structures in Africa" and ministries will run well.

"A perfect example is when President Kibaki leaves the country for more than two weeks and everything runs smoothly," the deputy PM said.

He said the media has waged a war against him and Ruto by using ICC cases against their campaign. He, however, said the move has bolstered their quest for presidency.

"We have the numbers and nothing can stop Jubilee from taking over the leadership of this country come March 4," Uhuru said.

On Wednesday, insiders of Uhuru and Ruto were said to considering a postponement of their trials at ICC since their trials are due to on April 10 and 11, the day the second round run-off of the presidential election are to be held. They were said to be looking at ways of having the trials postponed for at least a year to stabilise their government.

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