What ICC verdict on Ruto, Sang case mean
The International Criminal Court has thrown out the case against Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto but that does not mean it acquitted him.
The court ruled there was insufficient evidence.
This means Ruto has dropped the chains that made his position at the Jubilee Coalition burdensome. Now Ruto can play at the same league with President Kenyatta.
Kenyatta’s close associates especially from Mt. Kenya region will also have to respect the Deputy President and stop theatrics as we have seen in the past.
Thos purport to be sympathetic of Ruto like Charles Keter have accused TNA’s bloc of mistreating Rutu and by extension in the coalition.
The verdic also means Former Prime Ministers CORD will have to tread carefully. Ruto have been given a new lease of live and bout of energy.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta welcomed the ruling, saying the trial had been a “nightmare” for the nation.
In 2014, the prosecutor dropped similar charges against Mr Kenyatta, alleging that witnesses had been intimidated to make them change their testimony.
As reported by BBC: In a split ruling, one judge declared it a mistrial because of a “troubling incidence of witness interference and intolerable political meddling”.
Mr Ruto denied murder, deportation and persecution charges during violence that followed the 2007 elections in which about 1,200 people were killed.
The case against Mr Ruto’s co-accused, journalist Joshua arap Sang, was also dismissed.
Mr Ruto and Mr Kenyatta were on opposite sides of the 2007 election, but formed an alliance that won the 2013 election.
“This ruling does not mean the violence didn’t occur, it does not mean that the victims do not exist,” said Nelly Warega, a human rights lawyer who represents some of the victims.