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Daily Nation : February 11th 2014
6 | National News 2017 POLLS | Ruling coalition ‘will fulfil pledges to ensure victory’ Forget presidency, Ruto tells ODM Deputy President says Jubilee will ensure it beats Orange party in next General Election by more than 3m votes BY ELISHA OTIENO firstname.lastname@example.org an even bigger margin, Deputy President William Ruto has said. Speaking in Migori on Sunday, Mr O Ruto said the ruling coalition will fulfil all its pledges to ensure it beats former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s ODM with more than 3 million votes in 2017. Mr Ruto, who did not directly mention the ongoing discontent in ODM over its elections, said it was apparent that the Orange party will further disintegrate. Mr Odinga’s party is set to hold a National Delegates Conference from February 28 to elect new national leaders. Some politicians who were jostling for the positions have bowed out while others blame Mr Odinga for elbowing them out of the race. Mr Odinga and his supporters have accused the Jubilee government of trying to infiltrate the party and destroy it from within. Jubilee has, however, denied these claims. On Sunday, Mr Ruto said: “ODM should forget the presidency. If I defeated them in 2013 when I was a hustler, they won’t match me in the next elections because I am now in the government.” He spoke in Kuria East and asked Migori Senator Wilfred Machage to return to Jubilee. Mr Ruto was responding to com- ments by Dr Machage that the Jubilee government will be defeated by ODM in 2017 if it fails to honour its pledges, including giving jobs to minority groups. Dr Machage had told Mr Ruto to make sure that all government jobs were distributed equally to all Kenyan communities. “We don’t want this idea of taking all opportunities to Central and Rift DM should forget the presidency in the 2017 elections because Jubilee will win with PHOTO | PSCU President Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto greet Jubilee Members of Parliament after a meeting at State House in Nairobi yesterday. Valley. You must show fairness in your appointments,” Dr Machage on Sunday said. At the same time, Mr Ruto said If I defeated them in 2013 when I was a hustler, they won’t match me in the next elections because I am now in the government,” Deputy President William Ruto the Jubilee administration will sack all corrupt public servants irrespective of their standing in the government. He said all civil servants, whether working in the national or county governments, were duty-bound to be accountable to taxpayers. “We are now releasing billions of shillings to the 47 county governments and we are keen to make sure that the money changes the lives of Kenyans,” he said at Nyamtiro trading centre in Kuria East Constituency, Migori County, during a tour. I was paid to fix DP, ICC ‘witness’ claims BY NATION REPORTER A man claiming to be a witness at the International Criminal Court yesterday withdrew from the ongoing case in The Hague saying his conscience forced him to pull out. According Mr David Ki- arie Kibe, who claimed that he was to testify next week, he had been coached to give false evidence against Deputy President William Ruto and radio presenter Joshua Sang after. This was after being promised to be paid millions of shilling by both ICC investigators and an international NGO. In an affidavit he swore before a Nakuru lawyer yesterday announcing his withdrawal from the case, the visibly terrified witness alleged that the NGO had to promised to pay him Sh44 million. “They were to pay me Sh170,000 per month calculating it from 1992 when I was displaced by post-election violence up to the time I would complete giving my evidence,” he told journalists after swearing the affidavit. He says in his affidavit that ICC investigators had promised to pay him an extra Sh38 million and a life insurance cover for 20 years. “I had started travelling last week where I was to meet the ICC investigators in Dar as Salam, but on reaching Arusha, I changed my mind and decided to withdraw from the case,” the 44-year-old businessman who hails from Kericho said. “I pulled out voluntarily and I did not receive any threats,” he said. Sh44m The amount the man claims he was promised by ICC and NGO He showed the media two passports — one of which he said was issued to him by the ICC investigators based in Kampala for travel within Uganda and an international one he was to use to fly to The Hague. The man, who cam- paigned in 2007, said he was identified as an ICC witness in August 2011. “They told me to tell the court (ICC court) that Ruto has been responsible for violence in Rift valley,” he claimed. At the same time, the docu- ment shows that experts were against the court taking up the ICC model. It says: “It is agreed that the ICD should not be modelled on ICC. The division should be customised to Kenyan practice and procedure to serve Kenyas’ interests.” Mr Tobiko wants a system he described as “prosecution-guided,” in which prosecutors would not investigate crimes, saying, they would only offer advice in the course of investigations. In his speech, the prosecutor told the participants that he opposed the ICC model. “I hold the firm opinion that there is neither a reason nor a need to replicate the internal crime tribunals or the ICC models in the guise of an ICD.” He opposed a proposal that the court should have a prosecution arm, independent of his office, an argument which has since been upheld. “But it is clear we fully support the establishment of the ICD,” he said. At the Naivasha retreat, Chief Justice Willy Mutunga(above) said Kenya may adopt the Bosnian model by establishing a special division for internatonal crimes. DAILY NATION Tuesday February 11, 2014 DPP against proposal to expand his mandate BY NATION REPORTER The Director of Public Prosecu- tions Keriako Tobiko could get new powers to lead investigations in cases to be tried at the proposed International Crimes Division of the High Court though he does not want them. Mr Tobiko has opposed the proposal, which is contained in a document produced after experts discussed the formation of the special court in Naivasha last week. He said the Constitution gives powers to investigate crimes solely to the police. The document recommends, among others, that the division would adopt a “prosecution-led” system, meaning a prosecutor will be involved in early investigations and decision to charge.” It added: “There was an agree- ment that there is no need for an independent prosecutor and that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions would handle the prosecutions.” A prosecution-led system would be similar to the International Criminal Court (ICC) model where the chief prosecutor enjoys immense powers in investigating crimes.
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