Close to 50 Members of Parliament accompanying Ruto to The Hague

Posted: August 31, 2013 in Politics/Current issues


Close to 50 Members of Parliament are planning to travel to The Hague to join friends and relatives of Deputy President William Ruto at his trial next month. The trial which is scheduled to begin on September 10th will see the Mps accompany the Deputy President in what they term as a ‘’show of solidarity’’.

 The leaders will travel in four groups over the course of the first three weeks of Ruto’s trial.  The MPs are currently registering themselves in Nairobi. According to one of the Mps, One group will accompany the DP to The Hague while another one will accompany him back home.

The first sitting will run for three consecutive weeks before resuming after a ten-day break. This means the Mps will be spending these three weeks at The Hague.

Analysts have already sounded the alarm over a possible paralysis in government when the trials of President Kenyatta and Deputy William Ruto at ICC begin. According to them, the proceedings at The Hague will inevitably the attention of the nation and it could be one of the greatest tests for the Jubilee administration.

This warning and now with this massive number of Mps travelling to The Hague could just make things worse. Their absence will greatly affect their work, enough reason for them to reduce their number. We hope the government will not be paying for their travel expenses.

Deputy President William Ruto together with radio journalist Joshua Arap Sand are facing charges of murder, deportation and persecution in the greater Eldoret area. This was in the early part of 2008 during the post-election violence which left more than 1,000 people dead and 350,000 displaced. 

By Nixon Kanali, Nairobi

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