|Written By:Claire Wanja/KNA, Posted: Thu, Jan 19, 2012|
Internal Security Minister, Prof. George Saitoti has denied assertions in a section of the media that the presidential ambition of Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto lies with the cabinet sub-committee on ICC.
Prof. Saitoti, who chairs the committee clarified that his team had “no mandate to arbitrate on judicial matters” and was only tasked with liaison matters as pertains the ICC.
Speaking at Ngong after attending a IEBCT meeting Wednesday, the Minister dismissed as ‘totally misleading and mischievous” the report carried in one of the local dailies and hoped it would be clarified.
The report which quotes unnamed sources, says the committee would meet as soon as the ICC ruling on the Ocampo six was delivered “to take a common position on the matter”.
The report goes ahead to claim that the committee would seek the advice of the AG before taking a position that will be placed before the cabinet for approval or rejection.
Earlier, Minister Saitoti had said that as the country prepares for the general elections, the Government would deal firmly with leaders who incite the public to cause trouble.
He declared that one’s position in society would be taken into consideration in the maintenance of law and order before, during and after the elections.
Elsewhere, Prof. George Saitoti has defended Party of National Unity in which he is the national chairman against allegations that some of its members were engaged in impunity.
Saitoti clarified that the PNU had never been involved in any acts of incitement contrary to its motto of unifying Kenyans irrespective of their party or ethnic affiliation.
Fielding media questions at Nyakoe after meeting PNU delegates from Gusii and Southern Nyanza regions,the minister challenged Kenyans to exploit positive ethnicity by creating a unified nation.
On the raging national debate over the date of holding the general elections, Saitoti said Kenyans will reach a consensus and urged Kenyans to respect the recent court ruling on the issue.
The minister who did not want to be drawn further into the issue, however, remarked that no matter when the elections will be held, he was only interested in a peaceful country.