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I was not invited to pray for Ruto, says Governor

Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto has said he did not attend Sunday’s prayers for Deputy President William Ruto and journalist Joshua Sang over their tribulations at the International Criminal Court. He said he was not invited for the prayers held in Kuresoi constituency. “I only read about the prayer session in newspapers and it was not a must that I attend. I had scheduled other church fundraisers in Bomet earlier,” he said.

“As far as I am concerned, the Kuresoi meeting was a prayer function-cum-political rally for TNA party and URP MPs,” added Ruto. Speaking during a fundraiser at the Africa Gospel Church in Toronik, Bomet East, Ruto said the two had not committed the offences they are facing at the ICC. “My conscience is very clear.

Those who were hauled before the ICC are innocent and we are praying that the case be dropped,” said Ruto. Calling on Kenya to reconsider its commitment to the Rome Statutes, the Bomet governor said African counties should evaluate their stand too, owing to the skewed manner investigations are done.

Meanwhile, leaders from Mt Kenya region have denied there is a rift between them and their Rift Valley colleagues over support for the Deputy President. Joseph Gitari (Kirinyaga Central), Kabando wa Kabando (Mukurwe-ini) and Mary Wambui (Othaya) expressed optimism that ICC will terminate Ruto’s case.

The leaders asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to comply with a motion passed by Parliament to pull Kenya out of the Rome Statute. Across Nyeri County, various churches separately held prayers for Ruto.

At New Life Church, Bishop Paul Wanjohi said since Uhuru’s acquittal, Kenyans have become slackened in praying for Ruto and Sang. “We must pray for the Deputy President because when the top leadership is affected, the entire nation is wounded. We ask for the favour of God upon him,” he said.

Conducting a service at the African Independent Pentecostal Churches of East Africa (AIPCA), acting Archbishop Philip Kubai said they will not relent in praying until the case is concluded.

During a consultative meeting, JAP officials in Mt Kenya region lashed out at ICC saying it has turned out to be a political court. Led by URP regional representative Kamau Gatwechi, the leaders denounced attempts by ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to revive the “already concluded case”, adding that the move risks tearing the nation apart.

“ICC was intending to support the healing process in this country. Unfortunately, it has become an international political court,” read in part a statement delivered by Gatwechi. In Kericho, leaders termed the case a political scheme to bar Ruto from succeeding Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022.

Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony, MPs Benjamin Langat (Ainamoi), Erick Keter (Belgut), former Roads Minister Franklin Bett and National Housing Corporation chairman Sammy Chepkwony and several county assembly members promised not to forsake their own (Ruto), vowing to support him to become the fifth president of Kenya.

Langat said protagonists who clashed over the disputed 2007 General Election, then President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga, had reconciled and forgiven one another, rendering the ICC case null and void.

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