3 February 2014

Kenya: Drop Uhuru's ICC Case, Kikuyu Elders Ask Prosecutor Bensouda

Photo: Benedikt von Loebell/World Economic Forum
Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenyaat the World Economic Forum on Africa 2013.

The Kikuyu council of elders and several politicians from Murang'a county have asked ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to drop the cases against President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto.

The council chairman Wachira Kiago on Saturday said Kenyans have been praying for the two to be exonerated.

"We, the elders, have been praying that ICC will drop charges against the President and his deputy and so far we are confident that God has heard our prayer," he said.

Kiago, who was speaking during the launch of a book by Joakim Gitonga titled European Paganism, said the cases will collapse soon.

Senate Deputy Speaker Kembi Gitura and Murang'a women's representative Wanjiru Chege said the withdrawal of the key witnesses from the two cases has proved that the two principals are not guilty.

Gitura criticised Bensouda for not dropping the charges after she admitted she has no evidence to prosecute Uhuru.

"I am a lawyer and I have never heard a prosecutor telling the judge that he has no evidence and then ask for time to find new evidence," he said.

Gitura, who is also the Murang'a senator, said that since the beginning of the trials, he has been confident the ICC had no evidence against the President.

Chege asked elders to continue praying for the cases to be dropped.

She said elders have stayed in solidarity with Uhuru and Ruto following their cases at the ICC.

Meanwhile, Murang'a county assembly leader of majority Peter Kihungi asked area elected leaders to end squabbles and blame games over the Shillingi kwa Shillingi initiative.

He said the elders should take a lead role in guiding elected leaders, and correct them when they go astray.

Kihungi said the leaders should consult each other and give room for public participation.

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