We’ll support you in 2022, TNA assures William Ruto

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s TNA has moved to reassure their URP ruling coalition counterparts of the party’s “unwavering” political support for Deputy President William Ruto if he runs for President in 2022, and in his ongoing ICC trial.

This comes amid anxiety among Ruto supporters that the DP may be receiving only lukewarm State support in his trial on crimes against humanity charges linked to the 2007-08 post-election violence.

Ruto is on trial alongside his co-accused, former radio journalist Joshua Sang’.

The state of panic among Ruto’s supporters in his Rift Valley backyard, where Sang’ also comes from, has forced the ruling alliance to develop an image-saving strategy to boost public confidence and avert more damage.

Jubilee political strategists have crafted a new coalition-saving master-plan to dispel fears that the withdrawal of Uhuru’s case by the ICC could spell doom for the TNA and URP union.

 

Witness sticks to his testimony that Ruto made inciting speeches

A witness told the ICC he was standing by his statement to the prosecution that he heard William Samoei Ruto make inciting remarks during a 2005 function at which then President Mwai Kibaki was present.

Witness 658 said this on Tuesday as Ruto’s lead lawyer, Karim Khan, repeatedly asked him whether he heard Ruto call for the eviction of Kikuyus and Luhyas in a video of the function Khan played in court.

The function was held on October 19, 2005 to commemorate the centenary of the death of a leader of the Nandi, Koitalel Samoei, who was killed by British colonialists. The Nandi are a sub-group of the Kalenjin ethnic group.

The witness is testifying in the trial of Ruto and former journalist Joshua arap Sang who face three counts of crimes against humanity for their alleged roles in the bloodshed that followed the December 2007 elections.

 

State asks ICC to withdraw DP Ruto’s case

The state has begun pushing for the winding up of the ICC case against Deputy President William Ruto as a high-profile meeting of the court’s signatory states in the US.

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ICC case was dropped on December 5. Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Macharia Kamau requested the UN for “expeditious conclusion of the case” in a letter dated December 5.

There are fears that the collapse of the President’s case could strain the special relationship within the Jubilee administration, with the possibility that the prosecutors at The Hague could now tighten the noose around Ruto.

“The government of Kenya in appreciating the withdrawal of charges [against Uhuru], further calls on the expeditious conclusion of the case against the Deputy President as this would go a long way in facilitating normalcy in our country and securing our democracy and long term peace and security,” Kamau said.

On Sunday, Uhuru said he believes Ruto’s and journalist Joshua Sang’s cases will soon be concluded.

“We will continue to fight to ensure justice is done to them and they are released,” he said.

 

Raila congratulates Uhuru on ICC win

Cord leader Raila Odinga has congratulated President Uhuru Kenyatta following a decision by ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to withdraw the charges against him at the International Criminal Court.

Raila said the President’s personal triumph is also of great significance to the country.

“It is my hope that with this burden taken away, my brother, President Uhuru Kenyatta will now focus all his energies and attention on serving the people of Kenya to the best of his ability. I wish him well in this noble task.” Raila said.

Cord co-principal, Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula also congratulated Uhuru saying that this will now give the President ample time to execute his duties without dividing the nation.

Wetang’ula also wished Deputy President Willima Ruto and his co-accused journalist Joshua Arap Sang all the best in their cases. He said he hoped that they will also receive fair judgement and be set free to discharge their duties in the country.

 

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ICC case dropped

The case against President Uhuru Kenyatta at the ICC has been dropped.

The prosecution has filed an application at the Hague based court to formally withdraw charges facing him, saying the evidence against him cannot be sustained.

The eventual collapse of the case follows a one week ultimatum issued by the ICC to the prosecutor to to bring evidence against him or drop the charges altogether.

The court’s judges said it needed to indicate within a week whether it would withdraw charges or that the “evidentiary basis has improved to a degree which would justify proceeding to trial”.

The President immediately posted an update to his Twitter handle saying he is pleased with the outcome of the case facing him.

Meanwhile thousands of Kenyans have congratulated him on his vindication.

This is the statement:

Bensouda statement

ICC judges give Bensouda one week to either withdraw or proceed with Uhuru’s case

Judges at the International Criminal Court at the Hague have rejected a request by Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to adjourn the case against President Uhuru Kenyatta indefinitely.

Bensouda had on September 5 asked the court to adjourn Uhuru’s trial indefinitely, accusing the Kenyan government of failing to fully comply with its obligations to the Court.

Bensouda had said that she is in need of information held by the government in order to get enough evidence that can take the case into trial.

Trial Chamber V (B) judges directed the prosecution to file a notice within one week indicating its decision to either withdraw the charges against Kenyatta or proceed with the trial on the basis that the evidence has improved to a degree to justify this.

 

Bishop who prophesied Jubilee’s win claims he prayed for Uhuru on phone

ICC cases against President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto will flop, a Roysambu-based televangelist has said.

Bishop Edward Mwai of Jesus Winner Ministry said the two leaders are humble before God and have always sought His guidance.

“I am confident that God is in control. All will be well very soon,” Mwai said.

The bishop was speaking during a crusade he held at Githurai 44 on Sunday. A source at State House told the Star that Uhuru consults widely with men of God including Mwai.

Mwai said that Uhuru contacted him for consultations and prayer before travelling to his ICC status conference last week, where he is facing charges of crimes against humanity following the 2007-2008 post election violence.

“This is a confirmation that the leader of this country has confidence in God,” Mwai said.

Ruto has reportedly attended several thanksgiving services at Mwai’s church in Roysambu.

It is also said that Uhuru and Ruto were anointed by Mwai who prophesied that they would become president and deputy president respectively.

A source at the church said the leadership prophecy made both Uhuru and Ruto have confidence in the church.

On January 1, Mwai prophesied that the cases against Uhuru and Ruto would flop. He also predicted that more fuel deposits will be discovered in the country and that nations that had severed ties with Kenya because of the ICC cases will change their minds.

Uhuru returns from ICC to warm reception at JKIA

President Uhuru Kenyatta is back in the country after returning from the Netherlands where he had gone to attend a status conference on his trial at the ICC.

A variety of groups had already gathered at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to receive Uhuru, whose flight touched down at 6:32am Thursday morning.

The Head of State then inspected a military guard of honor, prior to being entertained by various bands and dance troupes that were part of a planned procession to welcome the president.

He then received a briefing from his deputy William Ruto who had been acting president for 48 hours up until  Wednesday evening.

President Kenyatta resumed his official status as head of state on Wednesday at 6pm after having temporarily ceded power to his Ruto on Monday ahead of his Hague trip.

From the airport the president’s entourage which included hundreds of his supporters was set to use Outer Ring – Jogoo Road – Landies – Haile Selassie Avenue – Harambee Avenue route to Harambee House.

Source: The Star Newspaper

Uhuru thanks supporters as he leaves The Hague for Kenya

President Uhuru Kenyatta told a crowd of supporters gathered outside the International Criminal Court at the Hague that it is now time for Kenyans to come together and examine where they have been, where the country is presently and where it is heading.

Kenyatta who was speaking shortly after appearing before ICC judges at a Status Conference on Wednesday said only Kenyans can decide the country’s direction. He thanked the crowd adding that it is now time for him to head back home and continue developing the country. He is expected to arrive back in the country on Thursday morning.

During the Status Conference on Kenyatta’s case at the Hague, the Prosecution told judges that a total of nine witnesses can testify to Kenyatta funding links to the Mungiki.

Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s trial lawyers outlined allegations of multiple calls between Kenyatta and Mungiki as well as Members of Parliament said to have participated in the clashes in Naivasha during the 2007/8 Post Election Violence.

Full story:http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/article-193132/uhuru-kenyatta-thanks-supporters-he-leaves-hague-kenya

Uhuru Kenyatta’s day at the ICC – Photos

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday attended a status conference on his trial at the Hague-based ICC. Below are some photos from the day.

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President Kenyatta welcomed by supporters outside the ICC

 

 

HON UHURU KENYATTA ARRIVES AT ICC FOR STATUS CONF
President Kenyatta greets elected leaders who accompanied him to The Hague

 

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President Kenyatta mobbed by supporters

 

 

 

 

 

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President Kenyatta enters the ICC courtroom

 

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President Kenyatta prepares to take a seat at the ICC courtroom

 

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ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

 

 

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President leaves the ICC after status conference

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uhuru’s escort to The Hague court defended

KIitui South MP Rachel Nyamai on Sunday insisted that the move by MPs and other Kenyans to accompany President Uhuru Kenyatta to the ICC this week is justified.

Nyamai said the the move is meant to show the fact that Kenya is a sovereign state and its President must be respect by the world; the Star reports.

“As MPs and other stakeholders, we need to travel with our President to the Hague to show solidarity,” Nyamai said.

The MP was speaking at a Sunday fundraiser in aid of Kiio Catholic Parish in Kiomo/Kyethani ward, Mwingi West constituency.

Area MP Benard Kitungi, ward representative Peter Mutemi and Kitui assembly minority leader Alex Nganga were present.

President Uhuru Kenyatta must appear at Hague

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has rejected a request by President Uhuru Kenyatta to avoid appearing at a hearing on 8 October.

He denies organising ethnic massacres after the 2007 elections in which 1,200 people were killed,

Judges rejected Kenyatta’s request to postpone the hearing or appear via video link, and insisted he must appear in person at the Hague.

The trial has already been delayed several times.

Kenyatta’s lawyers made the request that he be excused from appearing before the court on the grounds that he had other commitments in Uganda at the same time.

They suggested that the hearing be postponed or that arrangements be made for Kenyatta to appear via video link.

However, the ICC rejected the request, saying that the matters to be discussed were at a critical stage and directly involve the interest of the accused and victims.

READ MORE: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-29437948

ICC judges declare third witness hostile

ICC Judges have declared a third prosecution witness hostile in the trial of Deputy President William Samoei Ruto and former journalist Joshua arap Sang.

Trial Chamber V (a) said on Thursday it made its decision because Witness 516 had during his testimony over the past three days diverged “consistently and systematically” from the statement he gave the prosecution in November 2012.

“We feel called upon to explain that the factor of consistent and systematic divergence between testimony and previous statement is not a factor that floats in the air. It is a factor that necessarily takes its bearing from the central question that the court must answer in the case. In a criminal case that central question is a question of criminal responsibility of the accused person,” said Presiding Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji as he delivered the chamber’s decision on behalf of his fellow judges Olga Herrera Carbuccia and Robert Fremr.

The chamber announced its decision after the morning break, following an earlier application senior trial lawyer Anton Steynberg made. The legal representative for victims, Orchlon Narantsetseg, supported the prosecution’s application. Both defense teams for Ruto and Sang opposed the application.

Ruto and Sang are on trial on three counts each of crimes against humanity for their alleged roles in the violence that followed the December 2007 presidential election.

Witness 516 is also the third witness who is appearing before Trial Chamber V (a) under subpoena it issued to compel nine witnesses to testify before it. So far two witnesses have testified before the court under such a subpoena. They are Witness 604 and Witness 495 and like Witness 516 they gave their testimony via video link from an undisclosed location in Nairobi. They were also declared hostile witnesses.

Read more at: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/article-191467/witness-516-declared-third-hostile-icc-prosecution-witness#sthash.9FGRDriu.dpuf

ICC summons President Uhuru Kenyatta to hearing

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has summoned Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to appear before the tribunal on 8 October.

Judges want to question him over claims that his government has withheld documents requested by prosecutors preparing his crimes against humanity trial.

The trial has already been delayed several times.

Mr Kenyatta denies organising ethnic massacres after elections in 2007.

Some 1,200 people were killed and 600,000 driven from their homes.

Two weeks ago, prosecutors asked for the case against him to be adjourned indefinitely, saying they did not have enough evidence because of obstruction by the Kenyan government.

President Kenyatta has repeatedly argued he needs to remain in Kenya to fight militants from the al-Shabab group and take care of state affairs.

In a statement, the ICC said discussions with Mr Kenyatta would focus on “the status of co-operation between the prosecution and the Kenyan government”.

READ MORE: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-29288981