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Kenyan minister wants to face the tribunal to cleanse himself – Post election violence in Kenya assumed funded by politicians

Posted by African Press International on December 29, 2008

Im ready to face tribunal, says Ruto

By Dedan Okanga

Agriculture Minister William Ruto says he is ready to face the Special Tribunal on post-election violence to redeem his image.

The Minister, who spoke when he hosted thousands of his constituents to a lavish homecoming party at his Sugoi home in Turbo Division, said his political detractors had maligned his name.

“What happened in January was caused by leaders, supported by the Press and cheered on by their supporters,” said Mr Ruto.

He challenged political leaders to take responsibility for what happened instead of narrowing the blame on individuals.

Ruto asked his constituents to brace themselves for tough times, as the truth would come out.

“What will come out will redeem the leaders from the region from some of the negativity that has been attached to them due to the post-election violence,” he said.

Present were Saboti MP Eugene Wamalwa, Joshua Kutuny (Cherangany) and Peris Simam, Eldoret South.

Ruto reiterated that the violence was spontaneous and was not planned as was being bandied around.

“The protest was mainly from the youth who had witnessed the bungled electoral process and were intent on making their views known,” he said.

He added: “We want the President to reconvene Parliament early so that we face this tribunal and shame the devil together with the few false witnesses.”

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