President Uhuru Kenyatta assured that Kenya will continue to run smoothly during his and Deputy President William Ruto's absence to attend their trials at the International Criminal Court (ICC), Kenya's The Standard reported Saturday (September 7th).
Their trials will overlap for one month at the end of the year.
"I want to assure Kenyans that the government led by me and my brother Ruto will be firm and will continue even if we are in The Hague," Kenyatta said.
Speaking at a homecoming ceremony for Senator Kipchumba Murkomen in Elgeyo-Marakwet County, Kenyatta and Ruto said they were confident that they would be acquitted of all the charges against them.
"God will clear us of the false accusations that have been levelled against us. We therefore humbly request that you pray for us. I believe that when we go before the court and speak the truth, we shall shame the devil," Ruto said, according to Kenya's Capital FM.
Ruto's trial will commence Tuesday, and Kenyatta's November 12th. The trials will be in session simultaneously from November 12th until December 13th.
On Thursday, Kenyan lawmakers voted to back a motion to pull out of the ICC in protest, but it will not affect the trials, as they have already begun.