August 9

Stop lying – Kabando hits out at Ruto over Raila, Karua ICC claims

Monday, July 18th, 2022 16:19 | By
Kabando wa Kabando hits out at Ruto over ICC claims
Former Mukurweini MP Kabando wa Kabando. PHOTO/(Wakabando)/Twitter

Former Mukurweini MP Kabando wa Kabando has called out Deputy President William Ruto over allegations that Azimio - One Kenya coalition presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate Martha Karua were behind his tribulations at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

In a recent campaign rally, the Kenya Kwanza presidential flag bearer alleged that Raila and Karua pushed him and President Uhuru Kenyatta to Hague over the 2002/08 Post-Election Violence.

Kabando accuses Ruto of lying

Speaking to K24 TV on Monday, July 18, 2022, Kabando dismissed Ruto's claims as false, accusing the DP of using the highly emotive issue to manipulate the electorate ahead of the August polls.

Kabando, seeking the Nyeri Senate seat on Karua's Narc Kenya party, said the DP and his allies were against a push to formulate a local tribunal to handle the post-election cases and instead preferred to be tried at the Hague in the Netherlands.

"Ruto is attempting to evoke emotions from 2013, for him to lie to Kenyans that Raila and Martha Karua took him to Hague is wrong. He is trying to manipulate people," Kabando said.

"He is engaging in politics of opportunism and deceit because, in parliament, Ruto and his brigade who later turned to URP supported moving to the Hague."

He later, after the interview, shared a photo of an old newspaper quoting Ruto saying he preferred to face his accusers at the ICC.

"Dr. William Ruto, Sir, 2007/8 Post-Election Violence is sensitive raw nerve. Innocent people were killed, maimed, displaced, ruined. Turning the tragedy into deceptive, opportunistic campaign menu is being too mean. Neither Raila Odinga nor Martha Karua took you to ICC. Stop it!" Kabando captioned the photo.

Speaking in Gatundu, Kiambu, on Friday, July 15, Ruto said Uhuru had betrayed him by endorsing the Azimio duo, who allegedly wanted them locked up in a foreign country.

"Si Bwana Kitendawili na huyu Martha Karua ndio walisema tupelekwe Hague? (Isn't Mr Kitendawili and Martha Karua who said we be taken to the Hague?)" Ruto posed.

Uhuru and Ruto were charged at the Hague with crimes against humanity in connection with the ethnic violence that left more than 1,200 people dead and half a million others displaced.

The cases were later dropped for lack of sufficient evidence.

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