Raila Odinga wants Moses Kuria prosecuted for misleading ICC


Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria
Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria . [Photo/Courtesy]

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has called for prosecution of Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria for linking him to the case facing Deputy President William Ruto at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Odinga said remarks by Kuria on Sunday that he was part of those who procured fake witnesses against the Deputy President are “illegal and malicious and the most despicable form of Machiavellian warfare by a political fellowship of people against a single man”.

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader said that the prayers being held for the DP “are getting answered and his real enemies are giving themselves up without being cajoled or coerced”.

In a statement to the newsrooms, ODM said: “We wish to remind the public that in the 2007-2008 election period, Hon. Ruto was an ally of Hon Odinga. It therefore defeats logic that Hon Odinga could have tried to implicate a man with whom he was on the same side of the battle.”

“It goes to confirm the scatter-brained nature of Mr Kuria’s claims.”

The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) leader now wants the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to order the prosecution of Moses Kuria for obstructing justice saying that he is liable to conviction and subsequent imprisonment for such an offence.

He further wants Kuria charged for perjury.

Odinga says that Kuria intentionally, according to his remarks, misled the ICC and made false statements under an oath.

The CORD leader also accuses Kuria of fabricating evidence with the intention mislead the ICC judges and that he is “guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term of not more than seven years”.

“The Hon. Raila Odinga also wishes to bring to the attention of the public that all these offences are triable before the local Judiciary,” read the statement in part.

The sentiments by Odinga came a few hours after NARC Kenya leader Martha Karua gave Kuria a 24-hour ultimatum to apologize for linking him to the Ruto ICC case of face a court action.

The Orange party had also warned Kuria of the same saying that his sentiments were unfounded.

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