The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Reps Want Ruto and Uhuru's ICC Cases Dropped

Leaders in Rift Valley have called on the International Criminal Court Prosecutor to withdraw the charges against the President and Deputy President.

The members of county assemblies cited Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda's admission that she does not have enough evidence for the case against President Uhuru to proceed.

"We think it is no longer in the interest of anyone for Bensouda to still pursue the ICC cases yet there is now clear admission from her that she does not have evidence," said Rose Kisama, a member of the Uasin Gishu assembly.

Kisama, who is also a peace worker, led more than 32 other MCAs in demanding that the cases against Uhuru, William Ruto and journalist Joshua Sang be dropped.

"She should not tell us that she is now seeking time to find other witnesses. She just wants to create opportunity for some people to propagate lies against our leaders," said Kisama. The three are facing charges of crimes against humanity in connection with the 2007-08 post-election violence.

The MCAs were speaking at a meeting in Eldoret town. They said the witnesses who appeared in the Ruto-Sang case gave contradicting evidence, which is suspect.

Kisama said withdrawing the cases will give Kenyans a chance to unite and foster peace and reconciliation. Bensouda has applied for time to seek more evidence against Uhuru. She said some key witnesses in the case against Uhuru have withdrawn.

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