Following the decision by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague to issue arrest warrants against three Kenyans accused of witness interference, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has vowed that no Kenyan will ever again face trial at the ICC over the post-election violence.
Former journalist Walter Barasa, lawyer Paul Gicheru and Phillip Bett are wanted by the ICC for alleged witness interference in the cases against Deputy President William Ruto and journalist Joshua Sang.
The president declared that the country had closed the chapter on the post-election violence. "To our friends out there who think that they can come and disturb us here in our country, we have closed that chapter and there is nowhere else we are going," President Kenyatta stated.
"There is nobody else we will allow to be taken anywhere. If someone breaks the law, we are going to deal with them here using our courts. I do not want to see another Kenyan treading the route that we took," he said, reminiscing on his own trial at The Hague.
The case against President Kenyatta was terminated by ICC judges for lack of evidence after prosecutors had listed him as among those who bore the greatest responsibility for the post-election violence in 2007-8 that left 1,300 people dead and half a million more displaced.