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2-15 October 2015

Media Monitoring Report for Kenya
Posted on October 16, 2015

Compiled by Pierre-Philippe Turnbull

  1. Ruto and the ICC
  2. NARC Kenya leader Martha Karua and Moses Kuria 

 


1.            Ruto and the ICC
Privately Owned Media

Raila gives terms to testify in Ruto case at the ICC (Daily Nation, independent Kenyan-based paper, October 13 2015)

  • Cord leader Raila Odinga has challenged President Uhuru Kenyatta to order his close allies to swear affidavits disclosing the names of witnesses they recruited to fix Deputy President William Ruto.
  • “The only people who can recant, disclose and withdraw the false testimony against Hon William Ruto are President Uhuru Kenyatta and his PNU brigade." Mr Odinga said.

AU seeks to join Ruto Hague case (Daily Nation, independent Kenyan-based paper, October 8 2015)

  • The African Union has requested to be enjoined as a friend of the court in Deputy President William Ruto’s case at the ICC.
  • In that case, Mr Ruto wants the International Criminal Court’s decision allowing the use of recanted testimony reversed.
  • The judges based their decision to use those testimonies on Rule 68 of the ICC rules, which had been amended during the 2013 Assembly of States Parties conference.
  • According to some experts at the AU, States Parties that negotiated the amendment had a different understanding of the rule.

2. The case of NARC Kenya leader Martha Karua and Moses Kuria and links with the Waki Commission
Privately Owned Media

Uhuru, Ruto were fixed by the same people, Jubilee MPs say (Daily Nation, independent Kenyan-based paper, October 14 2015)

  • A group of MPs in the ruling Jubilee coalition say both President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto were fixed by the same people in their cases at the International Criminal Court.
  • That group, formed of about 20 lawmakers and calling themselves the Central Kenya Parliamentary Caucus, claim “scavengers”, who did not want the two leaders elected, were responsible for fixing them.

Moses Kuria tells court Martha Karua fixed DP William Ruto (Daily Nation, independent Kenyan-based paper, October 14 2015)

  • Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has told a court that he stands by what he said about Ms Martha Karua's involvement in fixing Deputy President William Ruto at the ICC.
  • Mr Kuria on Wednesday asked the High Court to dismiss a defamation suit the Narc-Kenya leader has filed against him over the remarks.
  • Mr Kuria maintains that he and the Narc-Kenya leader procured witnesses to testify against the Deputy President.

Kuria’s Ruto fixing claims open can of worms but Jubilee puts on brave face (Daily Nation, independent Kenyan-based paper, October 11 2015)

  • The claims of witness coaching made byMoses Kuria have opened the Pandora’s Box in the ruling coalition, especially because many of the alleged “fixers” remain in government. This “can of worms” may make more harm than good to the Jubilee coalition.
  • Both sides of the Jubilee coalition are aware that the ICC question is a complex matter that can either build them or destroy them.

 

State-Owned Media

Desist from ICC fixation claims, Elders tell Kuria (K¬enyan Broadcasting Corporation - KBC, State-Owned Radio Station, October 15 2015)

  • The Kikuyu Council of Elders now wants Gatundu South legislator Moses Kuria to desist from his ICC fixation claims.
  • They insisted that he should table his testimony.

Kuria records statement with ICC (Kenyan Broadcasting Corporation - KBC, State-Owned Radio Station, October 14 2015)

  • Moses Kuria has finally recorded a statement with International Criminal Court investigators over allegations of coaching of witnesses to fix deputy president William Ruto.
  • Kuria recorded the statement even as Majority leader of the senate Kindiki Kithure led Central Kenya MP’s in a meeting where they called on individuals within and outside their ranks to come out like Kuria and clear the air over witness coaching claims.

 


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