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President Uhuru Kenyatta: End of ICC cases will foster peace

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By Kamau Maichuhie | April 11th 2016
Deputy President William Ruto (centre) is shown a model structure of the PCEA Church in Mwiki, Kasarani, in Nairobi yesterday. [photo: DPPS]

NAKURU: President Uhuru Kenyatta has said termination of his deputy William Ruto’s ICC trial will pave way for full reconciliation.

The President said he was delighted by the court’s decision to set free his deputy and his co-accused, journalist Joshua Sang.

“Now that the ICC cases are behind us, what remains is for us to ensure there is reconciliation among all Kenyans,” said Mr Kenyatta.

He thanked God for the termination of the cases, saying it was a clear testament that the prayers of millions of Kenyans who have been praying tirelessly day and night for the cases to collapse had been answered.

Speaking yesterday at St Andrew’s ACK Thika Cathedral, President Kenyatta also warned political leaders against sowing the seeds of tribalism and divisive politics, saying the country belonged to all Kenyans irrespective of their political affiliation and religion.

PURSUE PEACE

“There is need for leaders to exhibit respect for other Kenyans and their fellow leaders. Even if we have differences in ideologies, it does not necessary mean that there is enmity among ourselves,” he said.

Elsewhere, Ruto said Kenyans should pursue peace and reconciliation and find ways of moving the country forward.

The Government, he added, was committed to eradicating past politics of hatred, discrimination, tribalism, religious intolerance by promoting peace among all Kenyans.

“There is no one, or community, tribe or race that is here by mistake. We are all here by the grace of God and must work together to move our country forward,” he said.

“It is important to look for ways of co-existence as we develop this country,” he told worshippers at PCEA at Mwiki, Kasarani.

He thanked Kenyans for their prayers during the six years of tribulations at the ICC.

He said the prayers had been answered with the dismissal of the charges last Tuesday.

 Ruto said he had forgiven all those who hatched falsehoods that were levelled against him and Sang.

 “I wish to thank all clerics including pastors, bishops, Imams and Kenyans at large for praying for us and making Sang and I to be acquitted. I urge you to continue praying for the President and I to lead this country to greater prosperity,” said the DP.

The DP was accompanied by MPs Rachel Shebesh (woman representative, Nairobi), Dennis Waweru (Dagoretti South) and John Njoroge (Kasarani) and a host of members of the county assembly.

“We have forgiven those who participated in taking us to The Hague and those who concocted falsehoods on issues we did not commit. The Lord’s prayer says we should forgive those who trespass against us.”

  Quoting from the Bible: Matthew Chapter 5 verse 9, Ruto said: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.”

He challenged the Opposition to pursue peace because competition is meaningful in a peaceful stable nation. “Violence and hatred are the biggest threats to our democracy,” he added.

A section of leaders allied to Jubilee Party rallied support for the DP, saying his journey to become President in 2022 has begun.

However, Ruto urged them not be pre-occupied by the presidential elections in 2022, saying they should leave it in the hands of God and tackle the immediate challenges facing the country.

Njoroge criticised the Opposition for engaging in endless rhetoric and not giving viable solutions.

 Shebesh and Waweru said the Government was on course in implementing its programmes.

They said they were certain Jubilee would be re-elected next year. 

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