Lamu acting Governor Mohamed Hashim yesterday supported the move to stop President Uhuru from attending trials at the International Criminal Court.
Hashim, who is also the Lamu assembly speaker said African Union's declaration that no African President should be tried at the ICC or any other tribunal is justified.
In a press statement, he said Kenyans should not allow their President to be humiliated like a common criminal. "Uhuru Kenyatta is no longer deputy premier. He is a democratically elected President," Hashim said.
He hailed Foreign affairs Secretary Amina Mohamed for her statement with regard to the case facing Uhuru. "It's a known fact that no sitting president has ever been tried in any court or tribunal, internationally or municipal," Mohammed said last week.
Hashim said Uhuru is exercising his diplomatic rights by engaging fellow African head of states over the matter. "Kenya needs both the President and his Deputy President to discharge the duties and responsibilities of their respective offices and they cannot and should not be distracted by ICC," he said.
The Acting governor reminded Kenyans to ask themselves why USA and UK were not party to the Rome Statute saying it was because they knew that the court could be misused.
He described the current trials against Kenyatta and Ruto by the ICC as neo colonialism since the same states colonized the African states during the colonial era.
"We support all the avenues being used to have the cases be deferred until the duo complete their term in office. If Kenyatta and Deputy President Ruto are facing trials on their individual capacities that was then, but now they are public property of Kenyans," he said.
Hashim's statement comes a time when the African Union categorically demanded for the International Criminal Court to defer trials against Kenya's leadership.