News / Africa

Kenya Lawmakers to Accompany Deputy President Ruto at ICC Trial

William Ruto sits in the courtroom of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands, May 14, 2013.
William Ruto sits in the courtroom of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands, May 14, 2013.
Peter Clottey
On Monday, the first group of about 20 Kenyan legislators is accompanying Deputy President William Ruto to The Hague before his scheduled trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC), according to lawmaker Elisha Kipkorir Busienei.  Mr. Ruto’s trial begins Tuesday.

“All of them are not going to be cross examined, but it is only to show solidarity to him.  What they are doing at The Hague is just a fabrication, and as you can see some of the witnesses are withdrawing because they know that cannot stand and justify what they were talking about,” said Busienei.

Also going on trial Tuesday is former radio host Joshua Arap Sang, who is accused of involvement in the deadly violence.

Busienei is a member of parliament from the Rift Valley, where Ruto enjoys overwhelming support after representing the constituency in parliament before becoming Kenya’s deputy president.

Busienei says more than 100 lawmakers will go to Ruto’s trial in several groups as part of the legislators’ effort to provide him with moral support.

The Kenyan deputy president faces charges of complicity in the violence that left about 1,300 people dead and hundreds of thousands displaced from their homes following the 2007-2008 post-election violence in the East African nation.

Busienei denied taxpayers will foot the bill for the lawmakers’ trip to The Hague.

“They will be paying for themselves, [and] that is the transport and accommodation,” said Busienei.

Critics say the lawmakers’ trip is a slap in the face to the victims and their families of the post-election violence because the legislators are providing support to the alleged perpetrators accused of playing a role in the violence.

Busienei disagreed saying, the ICC accusations and charges against President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President Ruto are without merit.

“Truthfully speaking the members of parliament are actually representing the people from their constituencies, and that is the voice of the people of Kenya that they have a lot of confidence in the president and the deputy president.  And that there is not any arrangement that was made, it was just a fabrication, it was just implication, and all other [accusations] that were done is not actually true,” said Busienei.

Last week, the ICC ruled prosecutor Fatou Bensouda can add two additional witnesses to her list in the case against Deputy President Ruto.  This came after two witnesses withdrew from testifying before the court, citing family issues, safety and security concerns.  But Busienei said that showed the case against the Kenyan politicians is weak.

“I do not think this case is having any weight at all, because some of us were here during that time, nobody arranged anything. It was just something that happened simultaneously, all over the country,” said Busienei.
Clottey interview with Elisha Kipkorir Busienei, Kenyan Lawmaker
Clottey interview with Elisha Kipkorir Busienei, Kenyan Lawmakeri
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X

You May Like

Polls Open in Scotland Independence Vote

As race to persuade undecided voters continues, 'No' voters say they believe life in Scotland will slowly improve, 'Yes' vote not worth the risk More

South Africa’s 'Open Mosque' Admits Everyone, Including Critics

Open Mosque founder plans to welcome gay worshipers and allow women to lead prayers More

Ukrainian Activist in Despair About Future of Her Country

IrIna Dovgan, accused of being a spy and tortured by pro-Russian separatists, is appealing to UN Human Rights Council to support her country More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
A Dinosaur Fit for Land and Wateri
X
September 17, 2014 8:44 PM
Residents and tourists in Washington D.C. can now examine a life-size replica of an unusual dinosaur that lived almost a hundred million years ago in northern Africa. Scientists say studying the behemoth named Spinosaurus helps them better understand how some prehistoric animals adapted to life on land and in water. The Spinosaurus replica is on display at the National Geographic museum. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video A Dinosaur Fit for Land and Water

Residents and tourists in Washington D.C. can now examine a life-size replica of an unusual dinosaur that lived almost a hundred million years ago in northern Africa. Scientists say studying the behemoth named Spinosaurus helps them better understand how some prehistoric animals adapted to life on land and in water. The Spinosaurus replica is on display at the National Geographic museum. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Iraqi Kurdistan Church Helps Christian Children Cope find shelter in churches in the Kurdish capital, Irbil

In the past six weeks, tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians have been forced to flee their homes by Islamic State militants and find shelter in churches in the Kurdish capital, Irbil. Despite U.S. airstrikes in the region, the prospect of people returning home is still very low and concerns are starting to grow over the impact this is having on the displaced youth. Sebastian Meyer reports from Irbil on how one church is coping.
Video

Video NASA Picks Boeing, SpaceX to Carry Astronauts Into Space

The U.S. space agency, NASA, has chosen Boeing and SpaceX companies to build the next generation of spacecraft that will carry U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station by the year 2017. The deal with private industry enables NASA to end its dependence on Russia to send space crews into low Earth orbit and back. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video Future of Ukrainian Former President's Estate Uncertain

More than six months after Ukraine's former President Viktor Yanukovych fled revolution to Russia, authorities have yet to gain control of his palatial estate. Protesters occupy the grounds and opened it to tourists but they are also refusing to turn it over to the state. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Mezhigirya, just north of Kyiv.
Video

Video China Muslims Work to Change Perceptions After Knife Attacks

China says its has sentenced three men to death and one woman to life in prison for a deadly knife attack in March that left more than 30 dead and 140 injured. Beijing says Muslim militants from China's restive western region of Xinjiang carried out the attacks. Now, more than six months after the incident, residents in the city are still coping with the aftermath. VOA's Bill Ide has more from Kunming.
Video

Video Enviropreneur Seeks to Save the Environment, Empower the Community

Lorna Rutto, a former banker, is now an ‘enviropreneur’ - turning plastic waste into furniture and fences discusses the challenges she faces in Africa with raw materials and the environment.
Video

Video West Trades Accusations Over Ransoms

As world leaders try to forge a common response to the threat posed by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, there is simmering tension over differing policies on paying ransoms. In the past month, the jihadist group has beheaded two Americans and one Briton. Both countries refuse to pay ransom money. As Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London, there is uncertainty in the approach of some other European nations.
Video

Video Scotland Independence Bid Stokes Global Interest

The people of Scotland are preparing to vote on whether to become independent and break away from the rest of Britain, in a referendum being watched carefully in many other countries. Some see it as a risky experiment; while others hope a successful vote for independence might energize their own separatist demands. Foreign immigrants to Scotland have a front row seat for the vote. VOA’s Henry Ridgwell spoke to some of them in Edinburgh.


Carnage and mayhem are part of daily life in northern Nigeria, the result of a terror campaign by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Fears are growing that Nigeria’s government may not know how to counter it, and may be making things worse. More

AppleAndroid