Kenyatta Blasts ICC

visit this site geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>He said they had cooperated with the court since 2011 and would continue to do so, stuff but the ICC must make it easier for them to perform their national duties.

President Kenyatta said the Kenyan Constitution did not allow the two to be away at the same time.

Speaking during the Kiambu County leaders’ prayer day at Ruiru stadium on Sunday, the President said: “We will work with ICC but it must understand that Kenya has a Constitution. Ruto and I cannot therefore be away at the same time,” he said.

President Kenyatta said he and his deputy want to continue cooperating with the court but it must not make it difficult for them to cooperate.

President Kenyatta said the ICC charges are false and will be dismissed. “The plotters of the scheme will be named and shamed, he added.


The President’s criticism of the ICC followed a decision by the Kenya Parliament to withdraw from the international court.

Kenya accused ICC of being discriminative and targeting African leaders in their selective prosecution of crimes against humanity.

However, Amnesty International condemned the move, saying it “is an affront to the hundreds of thousands of Kenyans who lost their lives or were driven from their homes during the post-election violence that rocked the country in 2007-8.”

“This move is just the latest in a series of disturbing initiatives to undermine the work of the ICC in Kenya and across the continent,” said Netsanet Belay, Amnesty International’s Africa programme director.

The ICC has in recent years come under fire for selectively targeting African leaders and shutting its eyes to atrocities committed by western politicians especially in Iraq and Afghanistan.

African leaders have in previous years condemned the instrumentalisation of international justice for political interests which continues to undermine peace processes as well as the sovereignty of African nations.

Kenyatta, Ruto and Sang Mr Ruto and Mr Sang are accused of crimes against humanity (murder, deportation or forcible transfer of population and persecution) allegedly committed in Kenya in the context of the 2007-2008 post-election violence.

The President said the three of them will successfully defend themselves. “The victory will not be Ruto’s or Sang’s or mine but Kenya’s,” he added.

President Kenyatta said the Government will not collapse when he and the Deputy are out of the country defending themselves against the allegations leveled against them.

Ruto, who prepares to travel to the Hague tomorrow, exuded confidence that with God on their side, they will win the cases and return to serve Kenyans who voted them into office.

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