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If there is any justice in this world, ICC will have to find Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto NOT guilty

Posted by African Press International on January 2, 2013

There are debates out there. In Kenya, within the international circles and some who call themselves experts. Debating on what may happen to the two emerging Kenyan leaders, Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto who have decided to run on one ticket in their effort to win the hearts of the Kenyan electorate so that they get elected President and Deputy President respectively.

For the people interested to see justice done in this case, they know that the two men are not guilty of the crimes they are accused of committing. This is true. Those who have followed the case in the court they understand only too well that the two men were used as scapegoats by the then Chief Prosecutor Moreno Ocampo whose aim was to build himself up – and sure he did, so that he gets recognition internationally, and surely he got the recognition that earned him a lucrative job when his term at the International Criminal Court ended last year. Ocampo was an angry man. He told the world that he was going to use the Kenya case as an example for African leaders, even before evidence, if any, was collected. This only means he was going to do all he could to get the two, no matter what. And it came to pass as seen during the Confirmation of Charges Hearings, that Ocampo used hear-say evidence and evidence cooked-up by ill-motived organizations that had coached and paid witnesses to lie by implicating Uhuru Kenyatta, William Ruto and four other Kenyans.

It is wrong to sing in chorus – songs of sacrifice, when those being sacrificed are innocent victims. There are activists out there who sing loudest after being bought by dark forces in the Western world who would like to determine the way Kenya is run politically by using threats of sanctions.

It is the privilege of the Kenyan people to determine their leadership at all times. This time around, if they want to be led by Kenyatta or Ruto so be it!

After being hurt for a number of years now through this unwarranted accusation, Kenyatta and Ruto are feared by the West – those countries interested in seeing them locked up by the ICC. This is so, because those countries understand that if the two are elected President and Deputy President, they will not entertain the West and their nonsense, especially after having engineered the vehicle for their suffering, and being forced to face cooked-up crimes which they have to defend, which they so look forward to do. They say their conscience is clear.

There are groups that has come out to advise Kenyans against electing the two. These groups are not from Kenya. They say Kenya will be isolated if they choose the people they like. What a shame. There are also groups in Kenya advocating for the same. These are merely doing so in their jealous mood  – political competition, because they fear to be defeated or they fear to see those they support losing the elections to the two men.

Now it is two months to the day of voting and the Kenyan people will decide. If the voters use their brains to give opportunity to people with ability to lead, they will choose good leaders without being fooled by activists or false prophets – the prophets of doom who say Kenya will be isolated by the International community.

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Kenya versus ICC: Former advisor to President Kibaki, Mr Raphael Tuju says many leaders should have been indicted

Posted by African Press International on January 2, 2013

Mr Raphael Tuju, who is now running for the presidency has told the media that Kenya risks to be like Egypt and Tunisia, – referring to the spring revolution, – if most of the youth in Kenya continue to remain unemployed.

He must have surprised many when he said there are many guilty leaders in Kenya who should have been indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), alongside Mr Uhuru Kenyatta and Mr William Ruto, both men also running for the presidency in this year’s general elections.

The question now remains – who is Mr Tuju referring to as the guilty leaders. He stated that he can only explain the ICC problem simply that the indictment of those who are now to stand trial (Mr Uhuru Kenyatta, Mr William Ruto, Mr Muthaura and Mr Sang), is like two elders asking two young children to fight and if one kills the other, the elders are also guilty. He is simply saying, if the four really did committ any crimes then they were asked to do so by the mighty.

Who are the mighty? Who are the elders? Is he referring to President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga – as the mighty and elders or some other persons? He has already stated that more people should have been indicted. It is known that Mr Tuju and Mr Odinga are not in talking terms, even though they both come from the same province – Nyanza. It is also known that the deaths that rocked the country in 2007/2008 post-election violence took place because of the dispute between Kibaki and Odinga who were unable to agree on the results announced by the Election Commission.

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The US Senate approves raising taxes on the wealthy – The House of Representatives may spoil the party!

Posted by African Press International on January 2, 2013

The Senate took a step to save the country by approving a deal whereby the wealthy will pay more taxes and the middle class low tax rates. The country was faced with a “fiscal cliff” on Tuesday, and the agreement avoids imminent tax hikes and spending cuts.

The deal, however, could still face challenges in the House of Representatives.

The Republicans accuse President Obama, saying he is only concerned in raising taxes instead of cutting government spending.

Everybody will now watch the next move by the House of Representatives which has more Republicans than the Democrats.

The president has urged the House to follow the Senate’s example instead of being partisan. He wants the House to pass the deal, saying both parties had to give and take in order to promote the country’s economy.

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60 dead in Ivory Coast during New year festivities

Posted by African Press International on January 2, 2013

Over 60 people in Ivory Coast died after being crushed to death during New Year celebrations. It has also been reported that over 200 people were injured during the festivities in the city Abidjan.

The incident took place on Tuesday near a stadium in the centre of the city Abidjan during fireworks display and a concert.

The stamped that caused the deaths is being investigated.

Many mothers went to the scene looking for their loved ones who are said to be missing after the incident.

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