The International Criminal Courtâ€™s (ICC) case against Deputy President William Ruto is once again threatening the Jubilee coalition amid accusations that the State is not doing enough to save the DP.
United Republican Party (URP) MPs openly expressed reservations over the Stateâ€™s commitment to the case following the ruling by ICC judges to admit prior recorded testimonies of five hostile witnesses in the case against Ruto.
For the first time since the joint 2011 prayer meetings that led to the formation of the Jubilee alliance that swept President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ruto to power, the DP’s allies are planning a Sunday meeting that they insist will be a purely Kalenjin affair.
Three South Rift MPs, Bernard Bett (Bomet East), Paul Bii (Chepalungu) and Ronald Tonui (Bomet Central) and Wilfred Lesan (Bomet senator), on Tuesday stepped up the disquiet by taking their grievances to a press conference at Parliament Buildings. “I want to address the local dynamics.
It seems after dropping of the two cases, that of (President) Uhuru and Francis Muthaura, we are no longer seeing the country’s top leadership, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, lobbying. It looks like the DP has been dumped,” Mr Tunoi claimed.
And Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, a close ally of the deputy president, has said it is now time for those who allegedly fixed Ruto to come clean.
“We are now demanding that those who fixed the two should come out and say so. We want them to own up to their lies and help us end this case,” said Mr Murkomen. In past ICC proceedings, Ruto’s lawyers named senior public officials under then President Kibaki’s government, that the defence claimed orchestrated a Party of National Unity plot against Ruto, who was then a strong ally of Opposition leader Raila Odinga.
Among those named were officials whom President Kenyatta retained when he and Ruto assumed power in April 2013. Murkomen and Kericho Senator Charles Keter have said Sunday’s meeting at Kiptororo shrine in Mau forest, Kuresoi will be a Kalenjin affair although some MPs from Uhuru’s The National Alliance (TNA) party have insisted they would attend. “There is a reason why we chose Kuresoi and not Kapkatet in Eldoret.
We appreciate the support they (Jubilee partners) continue to give us but this Sunday is just for us as a community. We need to talk among ourselves,” said Murkomen. Mr Keter added: “The prayers will be for the ICC cases against the two.”