13 February 2013

Kenya: I Meet My Own ICC Legal Fees - Uhuru

Jubilee Coalition presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta has dismissed claims by Roads Minister Franklin Bett that the State is paying his legal fees for the International Crime Court case as 'ridiculous and outrageous.'

Kenyatta through his spokesman Munyori Buku, said he meets his defence cost at ICC and challenged Bett to table evidence of his claims.

"Kenyatta meets the cost of his defence at the ICC. We challenge Bett to table evidence of his allegations. Of course he cannot because there is none," he said in a media statement.

Bett who is also the Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) Executive Board chairman is quoted in Tuesday's media outlets as claiming that the government is using state resources to defend Deputy Prime Minister Kenyatta and William Ruto at the International Criminal Court.

Buku accused Bett of engaging in 'cheap rumour-mongering and pettiness' after having failed to convince himself to vie for any elective position.

"If Bett has nothing to contribute in the political environment, he should simply shut up. But if he wants to continue discrediting himself and those he works for, he is free to do so. But he has no right whatsoever to spend his idle time making false claims against Kenyatta," said Buku in a hard hitting statement.

Kenyatta is accused alongside former Head of the Civil Service and Cabinet Secretary Francis Muthaura of being an indirect co-perpetrator for the crimes against humanity of murder, deportation or forcible transfer of population, rape, persecution and other inhumane acts.

Ruto and his co-accused radio journalist Joshua Sang are charged with being criminally responsible as indirect co-perpetrators for the crimes against humanity of murder deportation or forcible transfer of population and persecution.

Their trials begins on April 10 and 11 respectively.

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