Don’t be distracted by my ICC summons, Uhuru tells Kenyans

President Uhuru Kenyatta consoles Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Kimemia and his wife Anne Kimemia during the funeral service for Mr Kememia's father Joseph Kimemia Migwi on October 3, 2014. The President asked Kenyans not to be distracted by the summons requiring him to appear before the ICC judges on October 8. PHOTO | COURTESY

What you need to know:

  • He called upon Kenyans to concentrate on development matters and not the ICC case.
  • President Kenyatta said the ICC case should not hold Kenyans at ransom.
  • He reiterated that there was no need for a referendum and instead urged Kenyans to focus on development.
  • President Kenyatta exuded confidence that the pending case against him will soon come to an end.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged Kenyans not to be distracted by his summons to appear before the International Criminal Court judges next week.

Without giving a hint as to whether he will honour the summons or not, President Kenyatta exuded confidence that the pending case against him will soon come to an end.

He called upon Kenyans to concentrate on development matters and not the ICC case.

President Kenyatta made the remarks at Dundori Gwa Kiongo trading centre in Nyandarua County after attending the funeral service for the late Mr Joseph Kimemia Migwi who is the father of the secretary to the cabinet Mr Francis Kimemia.

President Kenyatta, who has been summoned to appear at The Hague based court on October 8, said the ICC case should not hold Kenyans at ransom.

Tuko na imani na hii maneno mengine itaisha" (We believe this other issues will come to an end), he said in Kiswahili in an apparent reference to the ICC case.

On the referendum push by the governors, President Kenyatta reiterated that there was no need for such a move and instead urged Kenyans to focus on development.

Senators Kipchumba Murkomen and Muriuki Karue who accompanied the head of State said the case facing President Kenyatta was a political one and exuded confidence that it will soon come to an end.

"This is a political case and it will soon come to an end," said Mr Murkomen.

MPs Mary Wambui (Othaya), David Kiaraho (Ol Kalou), Wanjiku Muhia (Nyandarua), Alice Wahome (Kandara) and Maison Leshoomo (Samburu), speaking outside St Lwanga Catholic Church, Mirangine said they were ready to accompany President Kenyatta to The Hague once he makes up his mind.

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