Karua and I gave false evidence to fix Ruto at The Hague – Moses Kuria
Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria has claimed that the PNU wing of the coalition government took Deputy President William Ruto and Radio journalist Joshua Sang to ICC in The Hague.
In a revelation made during a prayer meeting for Ruto and Sang in Mt Elgon on Sunday over the ICC cases, Kuria said the on-going cases are just an outcome of a political witch-hunt by the two contestants of the 2007 elections, PNU and ODM.
“We all know the violence experienced in 2007 came about because of political differences between PNU and ODM over the contested elections,” said Moses Kuria.
“Both ODM, led by their party leader Raila Odinga and Kisumu Senator Anyang Nyong’o, and PNU, led by myself and Martha Karua, sent letters to the ICC with names of individuals suspected to be behind the violence.”
Kuria, however, said there was no truth in the matter, saying their push to have members of the rival camp arrested over the violence was politically instigated.
“There is no truth in the names of those facing cases at the ICC. All the parties involved in the allegations should come out and dismiss the cases.”
He called on Martha Karua, Raila Odinga and Anyang Nyong’o to make an application to the ICC to clear the names of Ruto and Sang and push for the withdrawal of the cases facing them.
“I will personally lead the push to have the cases dropped after which I will ask Martha Karua, Raila Odinga and Anyang Nyong’o to follow suit,” said Kuria.
Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua, through her lawyer Gitobu Imanyara, has, however, come out to rubbish Kuria’s sentiments.
In a statement posted on his social media accounts, Imanyara said: “Hon Martha Karua refutes in the strongest terms possible the utterly malicious allegations made by MP Moses Karua to the effect that she procured witnesses against Deputy President William Ruto jointly with him, Moses Karua,” read the statement.
“Hon Karua has instructed me as an advocate to move to court both here and at the ICC to clear her name and also to hold Moses Karua to account for his desperate and defamatory allegations aimed at tarnishing her name and reputation.”
Gitobu further stated that Karua would give a comprehensive response to the allegations on Monday.
The 2007/08 violence broke out following claims of irregularity that marred the elections which placed Mwai Kibaki as the ultimate winner.
Following the announcement, violence broke out in various parts of the country including Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu and some parts of the Rift Valley leaving over 1,300 people dead and hundreds of thousands displaced.
The violence led to the formation of a Coalition government, also known as Government of National Unity, between ODM’s Raila Odinga and PNU’s Mwai Kibaki in a bid to foster peace in the country.
At the time, William Ruto was one of the Pentagon members in ODM as well as Eldoret North Member of Parliament.
A list released by the then ICC prosecutor, Moreno Ocampo, named then Deputy PM and Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, former Police chief Hussein Ali, former Higher Education Minister William Ruto, Radio journalist Joshua Sang, former Minister for Industrialisation Henry Koskei and former Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Muthaura as the chief perpetrators of the violence.
Cases against four of the named individuals have since been dropped leaving Ruto and Sang as the only suspects with cases at the International Criminal Court.
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