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I am confident my son is innocent, will be set free, says Ruto’s mother

By By TITUS TOO | September 8th 2013


 As Deputy President William Ruto travels to The Hague for the trial that commences on Tuesday, his mother Sarah Cheruiyot Samoei remains confident that her son will finally be cleared of any wrong doing.

Sarah says that she will not travel to The Hague but will join the family in Nairobi during the period of trial. She told The Standard on Sunday last week in a telephone interview that she is confident that her son is innocent and would be finally set free.

She said through prayers by the family and neighbours, all will be well and Ruto will be cleared of any blame. “I am yet to find out what the family is organising in Nairobi on travel plans. I will not be in the trip because of the distance and the long duration of the case,” she said.

Sarah added that the family and neighbours in Kamoret Village in Kamagut, Uasin Gishu County were in goodwill prayers for Ruto ahead of the trials.

Asked if she had travelled to Nairobi, Sarah stated that she would make her own decisions on when to go to the city.

She added: “If it was possible, the entire family would travel and follow the proceedings.”

She exonerated Ruto of any wrongdoing, saying: “I know he is innocent because Ruto does not harm anyone. Even as a young man, he was not engaged in any squabbles.” Sarah said that she would travel to Nairobi to stay with the family. This is what she did during the confirmation hearing of the case.

She called for prayers for all Kenyans facing trial at The Hague.

The trial of Ruto and former radio personality Joshua Sang starts on Tuesday and a number of senators and Members of Parliament have already confirmed they will accompany the two to the Netherlands as a show of solidarity.

In an earlier interview, after Ruto, who was then MP for Eldoret North constituency was named by the then International Criminal Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo’s office in the list of six Kenyans to face confirmation hearing charges for crime against humanity, Sarah had three words for her son  — “Trust in God”.

She claimed that her son was innocent and his enemies framed him up in the alleged participation of Post-Election Violence that rocked the country after the disputed presidential results after the 2007 General Election.

William is innocent

“I know William is innocent, and God knows it. He did not participate in the crimes he is being accused of committing,” she said, insisting the claims were falsehoods.

Sarah, said that she was pained by the naming of her son, but expressed optimism God will vindicate him. She quoted a verse from the Bible, John 14:1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God. Trust also in me (Jesus).”

She said then that she was shocked by the news that her son would be among the listed in those headed to The Hague to face the charges.  “He did not fight anyone, he is a God-fearing person who has immensely contributed to construction and development of several churches across the country,” she said.

The family, Sarah added, would continue with prayers and they trust that justice will prevail and his son’s innocence proved.

“This is purely politics, he has been set up by his political enemies who are envious of his achievements and would want to see him out of the way so they can occupy his position,” she stated.

She describes her son as obedient, honest and punctual leader who rarely quarrels, a trait he has maintained from childhood.

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