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DP William Ruto optimistic ICC tribulations will end soon as he awaits ruling

THE HAGUE TRIAL
By Michael Ollinga and Rodgers Esokon | April 4th 2016

Deputy President William Ruto is optimistic the case against him at the International Criminal Court (ICC) will soon end.

The ICC is Tuesday expected to rule on an application for a no-case-to-answer motion in which Mr Ruto and his co-accused journalist Joshua Sang want their case terminated. Speaking at African Inland Church in Pioneer, Eldoret during a North Rift women's congress, Ruto said: "I believe this case will soon be behind us, allowing all our energies and time to be utilised in moving our country forward. I thank all those who have stood with me in prayers and urge them to continue."

The DP said Kenya seriously needed hope and urged religious leaders to lead the citizenry in continuous prayers for the leadership and unity of all citizens.

"Every leader in this country needs prayers because they are vital in making significant decisions for the nation. Kenya should come first in our prayers to ensure we don't subscribe to false gods who advocate for hatred and division ahead of the 2017 elections," he added.

Speaking separately, National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale said Jubilee MPs and supporters "are awaiting an independent and fair verdict" by the ICC.

"We hope the ICC or its supporters are not using some of its agents in Kenya in the name of the civil society to send a message on the ruling well in advance before Tuesday, April 5," said Mr Duale.

The Garissa Township MP said the ICC judges should stick with their decision and ignore what was being marketed by international and local political actors who were bent on a predetermined decision.

"We take great exception to some reports appearing in the section of the media suggesting that the ruling is already out there when the judges have not pronounced themselves on the matter," he added.

The reports, Duale said, are a gross violation of the basic values of the Rome Statute and fundamental principles of law and independence of the court.

"We believe having considered evidence by the prosecution and the defence, the judges will be guided by the facts at their disposal and the truth in determining the case," the lawmaker added.

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen said tomorrow will be a day of celebration.

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