Odinga ready to testify at the Hague in favour of DP William Ruto


Dr Oburu Odinga
Nominated MP Oburu Odinga

Nominated Member of Parliament Oburu Odinga says he is willing to testify in favour of Deputy President William Ruto at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Mr. Oburu, who is the brother to CORD leader and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, said that he was ready to become Ruto’s defence witness to prove that the DP is innocent and that he was fixed by the Party of National Unity (PNU).

Speaking during an ODM presser, Oburu said: “There are many of us who are willing to testify, I believe Ruto is innocent.”

In his statement, Oburu said he thought that once Ruto was named as a suspect, there would be tangible evidence linking him to the crimes.

“People who gave evidence all came from PNU, even Gatundu MP Moses Kuria admitted that they fixed Ruto,” said the visibly fury MP.

“Who gave the orders for the killings? Ruto did not give any orders to kill anyone. We need to know who did this.”

Oburu questioned President Uhuru Kenyatta’s commitment to ensure justice for the 2007/08 post election violence victims.

“What is Kenyatta doing to find out who did this? Why is he concentrating on political propaganda?”

“We all know Kenyatta fixed Ruto,” added Oburu. “If he is saying sorry, let him say sorry, there is no problem here.”

Three days ago, the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of playing a pivotal role in fixing Ruto at the ICC.

CORD, through its leader Raila Odinga, alleged that President Kenyatta was part of the group that implicated Ruto to ICC.

Odinga claimed that this was evident following recent remarks by the controversial MP Moses Kuria who has been naming people who allegedly coached witnesses for the ICC.

Odinga argued that Kuria’s remarks were emanating from President Kenyatta and called on him to come clear and tell the Kenyans his role in DP Ruto’s site.

Kuria’s pronouncements on the on-going ICC cases began in September when he claimed that Odinga and Narc Kenya party leader Martha Kuria helped fix Ruto and journalist Joshua Arap Sang at the ICC.

Kuria alleged that both PNU and ODM wings of the Grand Coalition Government wrote letters to the ICC pointing fingers and the rival camp for the 2007/08 post-election violence in which over 1,300 people were killed and at least 600,000 others displaced.

Kuria claimed that PNU members, led by himself and Karua, wrote letters blaming Ruto for the violence, allegations he now claims were politically instigated.

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