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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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Last week, The International Criminal Court  ordered President Uhuru Kenyatta to physically appear before it on October 8. Since then, there has been so much debate across the political divide over whether he should honour the summons or not.

While some quarters argue that he should attend the summons, some are of the opinion he should not. Their basic argument is that that requiring personal attendance is meant to embarrass the President;that Kenya is a sovereign State and should not have its president stand before an international court.

Well, all said and done, the question still remains, should the president attend the summons or not?

President Kenyatta is the first sitting Head of State to be required to appear before the ICC. If he chooses not to go, what will be the consequences? and what if he attends them?

But again, President Kenyatta can ask judges to excuse him from travelling to The Hague, the International Criminal Court said on Monday.

According to  a statement from the Court’s Public Affairs Unit “If the accused wishes to attend via video-link, he could make a request to the Chamber, which the Chamber would then rule on,” might sound as a reprieve to the president.

Let us face something here, ever since the the ICC issued the statement about summoning the president, Jubilee coalition politicians, some activists and been running up and down making statements against the President’s appearance. Jubilee MPs even went ahead to hold a meeting to deliberate on whether President Kenyatta should travel to The Hague or not.

President Kenyatta himself is on record saying he is ready to cooperate with the court despite holding high office.

Macharia Gaitho posted an interesting opinion in the Daily Nation on Monday. Here is the excert :

If they started defying the court at this late stage when both the cases against them seem in danger of collapse, it would only be to their own detriment.

Any arrest warrants issued will not be against Mr Duale, Prof Kindiki, President Kenyatta’s MP Moses Kuria, official State blogger Dennis Itumbi or Ugandan activist David Matsanga.

Nor will any warrants be issued against the collective African Union leadership that has banded together in solidarity with a colleague facing the kind of charges they all live in dread of.

President Kenyatta must do the wise thing and ignore all those noisemakers who pretend they are fighting in his corner, but who would actually be driving him down the path of self-destruction.

If those cases were doomed from the start, they must be allowed to wind up to the logical conclusions.

Well, as he concluded, Perhaps the status conference on the Kenyatta case might  present just such an opportunity if it leads to the conclusion that the case is dead before it starts.

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