Archive for October, 2014

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday appeared for a “status conference” hearing on his case at the International Criminal Court, Hague.

He was welcomed by a crowd of supporters which included Kenyan MPs wearing caps and scarfs in the colours of the Kenyan flag.

President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives at the International Criminal Court on October 8 (Source: Daily Nation)

President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives at the International Criminal Court on October 8 (Source: Daily Nation)

Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko then decided to lead a demonstration in the Hague to protest the alledged harassment of Uhuru Kenyatta by the ICC. Check the images below(Courtesy)

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Well, is what Sonko is doing at the ICC right?

More images courtesy of The Star//Rebecca Nduku

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The Kenyan President, finally left for the International Criminal Court (ICC) Status Conference on Tuesady. His Deputy William Ruto will now be working in his capacity for the few days the President will be away.

Ruto through his Facebook page had the following message for his boss

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I stand with you as my brother, my leader, my boss and my President. As we navigate strange and unprecedented paths, I reiterate our conviction that in time, all will be well and we will be vindicated.
I also share with you the ideal of putting Kenya and its people first. I am humbled by the honour and confidence that this appointment does me. I will strive to match your excellent standard in serving the people of Kenya. As always, I will remain your steadfast and loyal deputy, and will do all I can to honour your faith in me. I wait eagerly for your return from this little disruption so that you can once again focus on leading us in transforming Kenya.

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Meanwhile, Attorney General Githu Muigai is at the #ICC The Hague already for the first status conference. What will be the outcome of the conference?

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As the date between President Uhuru Kenyatta and the International Criminal Court nears, the president has today the most anticipated State of The Nation adress.

As expected, the focus was mosty on ICC and he has confirmed that he indeed will be attending the Status conference at the Hague. He said is going to the Hague as Uhuru Kenyatta the person and not as the President of Kenya.

”I have chosen not to put the sovereignty of this nation on trial” he said

The president said  he has not interfered with the ICC prosecutor’s investigations; ”my govt has cooperated fully” . This is of course contrary to the ICC prosecution which has always accused the Kenyan government of failing to corperate.

In regard to the accusations  made against him, the president said his conscience  is clear, has been clear and will remain clear that he innocent of all accusations labelled against him. The president is being accused of

The Deputy President William Ruto will now be working as Acting President for the duration the President  will be away attending his. An announcement the the President made during the same State of the Nation Adress.  According to Uhuru Kenyatta, decision to hand power to his deputy is meant to ensure that the sovereignty and democratic will of Kenyans will not be subjected to a foreign jurisdiction.

Meanwhile From the ‪‎ICC‬ regarind DP Ruto and radio journalist Joshua Sangs’ case, the Appeals Chamber is set to decide on the appeal against Trial Chamber decision summonsing witnesses to appear.

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After a lot of bickering from politicians on whether President Uhuru Kenyatta should attend ICC summons or not it finally emerged that the president will just have to go.

This is after the Court’s trial chamber  ordered him to appear before it in person on October 8 at the status conference. The judges rejected President Kenyatta’s request to appear via video link.

On 7 and 8 October 2014 at 10:00 (The Hague local time), Trial Chamber V(b) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will hold two status conferences in the case The Prosecutor v. Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta at the seat of the Court in The Hague (Netherlands). The hearings will be held to discuss the status of cooperation between the Prosecution and the Kenyan Government and issues raised in the Prosecution’s Notice of 5 September 2014, respectively.

A number of African Presidents including Jacob Zuma of South Africa and his Rwanda Counterpart Paul Kagame  are said to have confirmed they will accompany President Uhuru Kenyatta to The Hague. This will be an addition to the 127 Kenyan Mps who will also accompany the president.

During this Status Conference,The International Criminal Court judges in the case against President Uhuru Kenyatta will be grappling with complex issues which could determine the future of the case.

Well, what will be the outcome of the Status Conference?

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