Ruto's Spokesperson Breaks Silence on ICC Lawyer's Case

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    Deputy President William Ruto prays at a past event at his Karen, Nairobi residence
  • Deputy President William Ruto's team has broken silence over the lawyer James Gicheru surrendering to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands.

    Ruto himself has maintained silence by refraining to speak or tweet on the issue that speculates on his ICC case being revisited. 

    His spokesperson, David Mugonyi, while speaking to the Daily Nation on Friday, November 6, stated that they had no interest to speak on the matter nor issue any statement whatsoever. 

    "If you are interested in what is happening, just listen to the DP's interview with NTV," Mugonyi stated.

    Deputy President William Ruto (right) in an interview with former NTV anchor Ken Mijungu (left) on Thursday, January 23, 2020

    He was referring to the interview Ruto held with former NTV anchor Ken Mijungu on Thursday, January 23. Ruto disclosed that he was aware of a plot to revive the ICC cases against him.

    "There are characters who have already sent people to Kenya to resuscitate the ICC cases against me. They will not succeed in this particular scenario. In fact, their failure will be spectacular," Ruto spoke. 

    The DP faced charges for crimes against humanity in the ICC, Hague, Netherlands, over the 2007/08 post-election violence, as part of the group famously known as Ocampo Six. 

    He added that he received intel about the issue from the National Intelligence Service Director General, Major General Philip Kameru.

    Lawyer Gicheru was accused by ICC of influencing witnesses in the case against Deputy President William Ruto and his then co-accused Joshua Sang. ICC alleged that he offered bribes and job opportunities to witnesses. 

    The lawyer detailed that he will refute the allegations labelled against him and declined support from ICC on representation. Gicheru stated that he will represent himself and argue his own case. 

    On Thursday, November 5, he disclosed that the government was aware that he left for The Hague. Through his lawyer, John Khaminwa, Gicheru stated that he wrote to the Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua before he left for the country as was procedural for all government officials. 

    Jubilee Vice Chairperson David Murathe defended President Uhuru Kenyatta after allies of the DP alleged that the government may be behind the plot to revive Ruto's case. 

    Murathe stated that the head of state had said that he would not tolerate any government scheme that would result in the ICC cases being reopened. 

    Lawyer Paul Gicheru speaking during an Export Processing Zones Authority forum
    Lawyer Paul Gicheru speaking during an Export Processing Zones Authority forum
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