The Star (Nairobi)

6 February 2013

Kenya: Uhuru, Ruto Welcome Obama Statement

Jubilee leader presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta and his running mate William Ruto last evening welcomed the statement by US President Barrack Obama that Kenyans should be left to decide on their next president in the coming elections.

The two who are facing charges at the International Criminal Court also said the statement by Obama has all along be their position.

They said they were impressed that the US government has undertaken to accept the results of the elections.

Uhuru and Ruto also maintained that they have never received any travel ban from any foreign country as a result of the ICC case.

"We have never received any ban from any country, there are a lot of issues that have been pushed out there by individuals and by commentators," said Uhuru at Laico Regency hotel. He said a Jubilee government will remain a friend of all nations.

Uhuru also said the Jubilee alliance will focus on issues during the campaigns. He said Jubilee opponents should also focus on issues and avoid mudslinging.

On his part, Ruto said any country that will reject the will of the people in the elections will be infringing on democracy.

In his statement, Obama said that his government has not endorsed any individuals for any office including the presidency saying that the US will support an election that "is peaceful and reflects the will of the people".

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