Former prime minister Raila Odinga ‘Baba’ has congratulated his former political ally Deputy President William Ruto following the termination of his case on crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court.
He urged the government to help get justice for the victims of the 2007/8 post election violence as well. Raila added that his party ODM did not plan or perpetrate any violence in 2007 that led to Ruto’s charging at The Hague
Cord leader Raila Odinga has congratulated Deputy President William Ruto following the termination of his case at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Raila, on Tuesday, April 5, added that his party ODM never planned, organized or perpetrated any violence in 2007.
“As ODM, we congratulate William Ruto following the ruling of the court. We now hope that the victims will receive long overdue justice in the form of reparations from government,” said Raila.
William Ruto was a member of ODM’s top organ – the pentagon – in the run up to the 2007 elections. Ruto, President Uhuru Kenyatta, Henry Kosgei, Francis Kimemia, Hussein Ali and radio journalist Joshua arap Sang were let named as the people allegedly most responsible for the violence.
The opposition coalition – Cord – also issued a separate statement through its secretariat CEO Norman Magaya.
Here is Cord’s full statement on the termination of William Ruto’s case:
“The leadership of the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) welcomes the decision of the trial chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and in the same breath extends heartfelt congratulations to the Deputy President William Samoei Kipchichir Ruto and journalist Joshua Arap Sang on the termination of their cases.
This decision no doubt heralds a great relief not just to the deputy president and Sang but also to their respective families who have been troubled by the entire process.
As the country celebrates this decision, we wish to appeal to the Jubilee regime to initiate measures for victims’ compensation and reparations.
The lasting peace that we yearn for as a country can only be achieved through delivery of justice to the PEV victims for there can be no peace without justice.
To the victims of the post-election violence, we leave you with the legendary words of Martin Luther King Jr ;
‘The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.’
We remain hopeful that in the fullness of time, justice shall be done to you for we owe it to you as a nation.
God Bless Kenya.”