Uhuru and Ruto can run for the presidency, says Wamalwa
Written by Isura Christopher
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Justice Minister Eugene Wamalwa speaking in his office where he said Deputy PM Uhuru Kenyatta and Eldoret North Mp William Ruto were free to vie for the presidency. [PHOTO|Isura Christopher|West Fm] [Insert] DPM Uhuru Kenyatta, Eugene Wamalwa and William Ruto at a past function.
Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs Eugene Wamalwa has called upon all Kenyans and leaders to depoliticize the ICC process terming it as a judicial process and since the court had decided in its ruling for the hearing to begin in 10th and 11th April next year the suspects should be allowed to run for elections and Kenyans should be left to decide on who becomes the president.
Addressing the press in his office Eugene stated that the court ruled in favor of some of the defense teams who had requested for the trails to take place after the general election so as to allow them to participate in the coming elections.
“The court has now ruled they are free to contest the elections and thereafter proceed with the cases.”
On county commissioners, Eugene revealed that the government should learn to respect the decision made by its institutions and on his part he supports the court decision on the county commissioner’s appointment saying that the Attorney General is well informed and the president as well has been advised and soon he will be making his decision regarding the issue.
On the historical ruling about boundaries cases, Eugene indicated that there was no need for an appeal. He said the right to appeal is not automatic as per the constitution especially having a five bench judge ruling on the cases.
Eugene re-affirmed that IEBC should now take up the challenge after the ruling by preparing for free and fair general elections and Kenyans should support the commission.
The Justice Minister further urged Kenyans to support the Anti terrorism Bill that has sparked criticism from the Muslim community who feel that some sections of the bill does not favor them citing that the bill is open for public participation so as to have the bill be passed with their inputs on board.
The minister reiterated his commitment on constitution implementation revealing that key changes in Kenya National Commission On Human Rights Act 2011 where recruitment for new commissioners will begin at least 4 months before the end of the term of the current commissioners which ends on 25th November, the Political Parties Act where recruitment of Registrar Of Political Parties will be done by the Public Service Commission.
In addition to the Elections Act 2011, National Cohesion and Integration Commission 2008, The Truth Justice and Integration Commission 2008 and the Vetting of Judges and Magistrates Act 2011.