Karua says Raila was right on ICC’s termination of Ruto, Sang case

Karua says Raila was right on ICC's termination of Ruto, Sang case
NARC-Kenya Party leader Martha Karua. PHOTO| COURTESY

Narc-Kenya party leader Martha Karua has supported CORD leader Raila Odinga’s remarks that the collapse of the International Criminal Court (ICC) cases against Deputy President William Ruto and Joshua Sang spelt doom for Africa.

Karua said Raila’s remarks in an interview on France 24 TV were just calling for the respect of the rule of law, and not to criticize the court’s decision.

Addressing the media at the party’s headquarters in Nairobi, the former Justice Minister also called for the strengthening of the country’s courts to ensure justice is served.

She also hit out at President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy Ruto for calling for celebrations over the termination of Ruto’s and Joshua Sang’s case, saying they should instead ensure all IDPs are resettled and also seek national reconciliation and healing.

On Wednesday, CORD leader Raila Odinga faulted the International Criminal Court (ICC) for dismissing cases against President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto.

In an article published on international agency AFP, Raila was quoted as saying the failure to prosecute the two leaders “spells doom for global efforts to fight impunity” claiming ICC gave in to Kenya’s blackmail on withdrawal from the Rome Statute.

“The ICC’s failure to try top Kenyan leaders for crimes against humanity in the country’s worst violence since independence spells doom for global efforts to fight impunity,” the ODM leader was quoted as saying.

On the same day, President Kenyatta linked the CORD leader to the cases that faced him and his deputy at the ICC.

In a strongly worded address in Ruaka and Ruiru during his tour of Kiambu County, Kenyatta accused Raila of using the ICC cases to bar their political masterminding a push to have them jailed at the ICC by crafting false accusations against them.

“They (CORD) said you shouldn’t elect us because we will be jailed at the ICC. This only means they wanted fellow Kenyans to be jailed in a foreign land,” said President Kenyatta.

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